Gentleman Jack 'Epic' And 'Momentous' - Suranne Jones

Suranne Jones

Ahead of the first episode, Jones told Pulse 1 & Pulse 2: "[Anne Lister] is an epic character...momentous."

Suranne Jones has called the character she plays in a new BBC drama about the life of Anne Lister 'epic' and the series 'momentous'.

Jones will star in 'Gentleman Jack' (BBC One, Sunday) as the diarist who lived at Shibden Hall in Halifax during the nineteenth century.

The drama will explore her work as a businesswoman and writer as well as her relationships with other women.

Ahead of the first episode, Jones told Pulse 1 & Pulse 2: "She is an epic character...momentous.

"She was a prolific diarist, a businesswoman, a traveller, self-educator. There are so many things!

"This is a very interesting, full-bodied character and there is a lot to get your teeth into."

Suranne Jones (centre) with co-stars Gemma Whelan and Sophie Rundle

The series has been created by Sally Wainwright, the Huddersfield-born writer of 'Last Tango in Halifax' and 'Happy Valley'. She also worked with Suranne Jones on 'Scott and Bailey'.

Jones continued: "The rhythm of Sally's writing is really beautiful, there is a musicality to it.

"She does the dark with the funny - because that is what life is.

"Anyone can take away about how to authentic, how to be seen and how to be heard; how to live the best possible life you can given the circumstances and how to be happy with that."

'Gentleman Jack' was filmed at Shibden Hall as well as in Sowerby Bridge and Little Germany in Bradford.

Listen below to Jones speaking to our reporter James Crossling at the premiere in Halifax last week.

You can see a behind-the-scenes video of Shibden Hall, here.

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