The TV show Gentleman Jack is based on Anne Lister’s diaries. Anne was a famous 19th century traveler and lesbian. I understand that the actual diaries are heavier on the finance plots and lighter on the lesbian seduction plots. As for the TV show, I don’t care about either plot, which is odd because I love a good plot. It’s only rarely that I like anything character-driven.
That’s why I’m surprised I have fallen in love with this giant lesbian character from Halifax. (That’s Halifax in the UK, not Canada: you should know that before you start watching or the travel implications can get very confusing.)
This woman - or at least the way this woman is portrayed by this actress, Suranne Jones, is constantly described as “fascinating,” and she is. I can’t take my eyes off of her, specifically the way she gets out of carriages. They need to create a Special Emmy Award for Getting Out of Carriages. I lean forward in my chair every time a carriage stops because boom, the carriage door opens and this giant gangly woman pops out, hits the ground, levitates over a curb or front stair and bursts through a door in one awkward yet graceful motion. It’s like if Abraham Lincoln could fly. It’s like when John Belushi dances in the Blues Brothers movie. It’s impossibly graceful.
Also, I never skip the opening credits because she gets dressed in the opening credits and it’s sexy as hell. I don’t know how actual lesbians can stand it.