Anne lister ( 22 september 1840) was an english landowner and diarist from halifax, west yorkshire. Gentleman jack is a historical drama television series created by sally wainwright. Set in the year 1832 in yorkshire, it stars suranne jones as landowner and industrialist anne lister. The series is based on the collected diaries of lister, which contain over four million words and are written largely in secret code, documenting a lifetime of lesbian relationships. Anne lister was open about her sexuality and had a partnership ceremony with her female lover, faithfully keeping a coded journal detailing her love life and struggle against society. But she wasnt screaming from the rooftops im a lesbian because there wasnt the word for it then. A look at the life of 19th century yorkshire landowner anne lister (1791-1840), who lived openly as a lesbian and kept diaries chronicling the details of her daily life. Director james kent stars maxine peake, anna madeley, susan lynch, christine bottomley. the sensuality of the love scenes between lister (maxine peake) and the love of her life, mariana belcombe (played by anna madeley), are sensuous and affecting. The fact that lister lived out the latter part of her life with another partner, ann walker (christine bottomley), makes listers secret love for mariana, which she kept hidden in encrypted diaries, all the more romantic. There is so much to see with 125 movies coming from 40 different countries.