Much of Gentleman Jack was filmed at Anne Lister’s actual home (Picture: BBC/Lookout Point/HBO/Aimee Spinks)
The BBC’s bet pay off, because the first series of the show was a bonafide hit with viewers who praised it for its witty script and exuberant performance from Jones, as well as some unexpectedly steamy moments – all set against some pretty lavish visual backdrops.
So just where was the show filmed? Here’s what you need to know…
Where is Gentleman Jack filmed?
The show is set in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in 1832 and 1834 – with much of the action taking place around Anne Lister’s ancestral home Shibden Hall.
And sure enough, much of the series was actually filmed in and around Halifax – with a lot of scenes being shot in Shibden Hall itself.
‘It still blows my mind when I say that we filmed at Shibden,’ Jones said at the launch of season one.
‘When I’m walking in Anne Lister’s footsteps, I am literally walking into her house, up her stairs, eating in her dining room, doing business deals where she did business deals, surveying the same land, and walking where she walked.’
As many of the rooms at Shibden Hall were too small to film in, some scenes were also shot on purpose-built sets – including those in Anne’s bedroom and study.
Some rooms were created in the house especially for the show (Picture: BBC)
A kitchen was also added for some scenes – while the crew had to ask gardeners on the estate to stop cutting the grass, so that the lawn could have the same unkempt look it had in Anne’s day.
Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and the home is open to visitors every day except Fridays – you can find out more information here.
What other locations were used during filming?
The garden looks a little different these days (Picture: BBC)
Other locations included Sutton Park in York, as well as locations in Bradford and the surrounding areas.
The cast and crew also ventured overseas to film some scenes in Copenhagen, at the Danish capital’s City Hall.
Gentleman Jack returns on BBC One on Sunday night at 9pm.
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