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Anne and the Queen dance in Copenhagen
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In Gentleman Jack this week, Anne is having a ball in Copenhagen – but what of Miss Walker?

The epic trials and tribulations, both romantic and financial, of the ever-charismatic Anne Lister have been keeping us thoroughly entertained in this groundbreak series Gentleman Jack. But, as the series concludes, Anne finally gets the chance for some fun as she cuts a dash through Copenhagen and makes an impression on Queen Marie of Denmark (Sofie Gråbøl).

The scenes of Anne in her finery dancing at a palace ball are genius!

But there’s soon news of trouble back in Halifax… Ann Walker, meanwhile, is still languishing in Scotland with the prospect of an unhappy marriage.

With the Sowdens also getting a worrying surprise, everything is set up nicely for plenty more intrigue in series two!

And as writer/creator Sally Wainwright told TV Times, she's got plenty of new stories to tell: "It’s so gratifying to see that people are really engaged with it, especially because I spent so long working on it and it’s been such a big thing for me.

"It’s a wonderful performance from Suranne, and people are really energised by how powerful and confident Anne is.

I’m so glad the audience is getting it, both gay and straight people."

But what about series two? "The single hardest thing about the show is actually what to leave out," says the Last Tango in Halifax writer.

"There is just so much material! It’s really hard to explain to people if you haven’t seen the diaries, but there are 27 volumes with about 350 pages each, in tiny writing.

"It’s incredibly dense and fascinating; Anne’s a great writer. So I’m going to keep the themes going that we started in series one and develop those."

TV Times rating: ****


Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.