It’s a rare series that can say so much with a single image. In the poster for “Gentleman Jack
,” Sally Wainwright
’s rollicking new period comedy for HBO
, the actress Suranne Jones
stands in half profile, cutting an undeniably intriguing figure. Her hair rests in tight ringlets above the ear, she looks exceedingly smart in her top hat and waistcoat — both black, her color of choice. Her head is cocked to the side, and, turned away from the adoring woman at her side, she offers a cunning smile.
This is Anne Lister
, or the TV version of her anyway, and just a few minutes into the first episode of “Gentleman Jack
” one thing becomes very clear — there has never been a true life character more worthy of her own TV show.
Born in Halifax, England, in 1791, Anne Lister was a diarist as prolific as Samuel Pepys
. That her name