I’ve just watched the first episode of Gentleman Jack, a British/American mini-series based (I don’t know how loosely) on the diaries of Anne Lister, a very fascinating woman from the early days of the Industrial Revolution, and a person that had a colossal influence on the development of Britain in the first half of the 19th century.
As far as historical entertainment goes, the series seems to be just perfect, and the fact that it steals a page from Alfie, allowing the main character (interpreted by Suranne Jones) to break the fourth wall, is really fun.
There’s eight episodes in the series, and apparently a second season’s already been confirmed. Now I’ll have to look for a book on miss Lister, because I am absolutely enamored of her. Silly me.
Truly and highly recommended if you like history and smart television.
2 June 2019 at 13:38
Hm, you had me till break the fourth wall…. not a fan of that mechanic.
2 June 2019 at 13:44
Ah, it works just great.
Keep in mind that the series is based on Anne Lister’s diaries, and her notes are used as asides, to give voice to her thoughts. An alternative would be to use a voice-over, but this is a lot more fun.
And it’s not used extensively – no more than once per episode, for a few seconds.
Give it a try, you might like it.
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