Gentleman Jack

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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age 15+

Unexpectedly gory violence in jaunty LGBTQ period piece.

HBO Drama 2019

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age 16+

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age 17+

Not worth the Effort

As a feminist I wanted to watch this top drama, with the usually excellent Suranne Jones. However, in this she is a bit of a soap character again. Also I was shocked to find on prime time mainstream terrestrial television that so much explicit, yet nineteenth century, sex was in it. After two episodes I had to stop watching as it was something that was too gratuitous in its portrayal of this historic story. It could be that the fact that the very romantic Bronte sisters lived not far away at the time that inspired this passionate telling of the story. But on the whole even though this is based on her diaries, the way in which the story is told is unbelievable. There was a different televised version with Maxine Peake in the lead a few years ago which was better in my opinion and didn't stereotype Anne Lister so much and was told with sensitivity and nuance that this version lacks.

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Too much sex
age 15+

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