August 30


07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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Bristol Old Vic

King St, Bristol, BS1 4ED

Bristol, England, GB, BS1 4ED


In a rare appearance, award-winning writer and director Sally Wainwright (creator of Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) brings the story of Gentleman Jack to Bristol.


Sally is joined by Anne Choma, the series historian, researcher and author of ‘Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister’. In a special twist to the evening, award-winning duo O’Hooley and Tidow, creators of the show’s title track will perform a selection of songs celebrating extraordinary women.


Hear about the story behind the show, and its journey to primetime. Get an insight into Anne Lister and the creativity that drives one of the UK’s most celebrated directors.


Gentleman Jack tells the remarkable story of Anne Lister (1791 – 1840 ) a fearless and charismatic landowner, industrialist and explorer, determined to explore her sexuality. Anne Lister forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her.

A prolific diarist, Lister produced 5 million words, her journals now recognised by Unesco as a document of international significance. Saved from obscurity, the diaries, have secured Anne Lister’s legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century.

Gentleman Jack is commissioned by HBO and BBC One.

This event is produced by Indigo Network in collaboration with Bristol Festival of Ideas. The event is kindly supported by the Royal Television Society.


>> Sally Wainwright

Sally Wainwright is writer, producer and director from Yorkshire. Winner of multiple BAFTA awards. Sally created her first original drama series in 2000 (At Home with the Braithwaites) winning the Royal Television Society’s Writer of the Year Award in 2009 for Unforgiven. Since 2012 she has created a succession of BAFTA-winning game-changing dramas with Last Tango in Halifax, To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley and now Gentleman Jack. Sally brings ingenious northern women to millions of screens.

>> O’Hooley & Tidow
Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are a wife-and-wife folk duo from Yorkshire. Characterised by strong harmonies and humorous, heart-touching tales of the exceptional and everyday, the duo are often cited as ‘England’s answer to the McGarrigles’ (The Guardian) and are widely recognised as ‘one of British folk music’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo). Pianist Belinda O’Hooley began her career with The Unthanks, before meeting Heidi. The duo penned ‘Gentleman Jack’ the closing theme to the series.

>> Anna Choma
Anna Choma is a writer and historical researcher specialising in the life and times of Anne Lister. She first began transcribing Anne Lister’s diaries as a post-graduate student at the University of Leeds. More recently she has worked as Sally Wainwright’s advisor on the BBC drama Gentleman Jack and is author of the accompanying BBC book, Gentleman Jack – The Real Anne Lister.

>> Dr Finn McKay (Chair)
Finn Mackay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at UWE Bristol, currently researching lesbian and queer masculinities. A longstanding feminist activist, writer and commentator, Finn is the author of ‘Radical Feminism: Activism In Movement’ published by Palgrave. Finn lives in Bristol with her wife, son and two cats.


The event was transferred from Arnolfini to Bristol Old Vic due to overwhelming demand. Seating remains unreserved. Original tickets stand.