Suranne Jones took to Instagram on Monday to reflect on the ‘sad news’ that Gentleman Jack has been canceled after two series.
The actress, 43, shared a bloopers reel on the platform on Friday, writing in her emotional caption that the program “touched her heart like no other.”
It comes after HBO confirmed the historical drama would not return, but the BBC, which co-produces the show, said it was “under discussion” about its future.
‘It touched my heart like no other’: Suranne Jones reflected in an emotional Instagram post Monday on the ‘sad news’ of her show Gentleman Jack being canceled by HBO
The inter-network co-production, which aired between April 2019 and June 2022, starred Suranne as landowner Anne Lister who develops a romance with another woman – which was potentially dangerous in 1832 Britain.
Suranne wrote in full: ‘I wanted to reflect on our beautiful journey while making this show. While the sad news is that Gentleman Jack is not being renewed, this show has brought so many people together.
“It’s allowed people to share their stories, brought joy, emotion and creativity and given me a real connection with you as an audience.
Tragically: It comes after HBO confirmed the drama would not return, but the BBC, which co-produces the show, said it was ‘under discussion’ about its future (Suranne in character)
‘Anne Lister now has a statue in Piece Hall. There is a blue plaque in the Holy Trinity Churchyard honoring Anne and Ann’s union in 1834. There is a college named after Anne Lister on the eastern campus of the University of York.
‘Shibden now has more visitors than ever before and you’ll find Anne Lister walks, hikes and trails galore when visiting Halifax and the surrounding areas.
“I have never been involved in a show that has made such a huge impact and touched my heart like this one. It wasn’t always the easiest job I’ve had… but it was always worth seeing the reactions it got.
Reflective: The actress, 43, shared a bloopers reel on the platform Friday, writing in her caption that the show had “touched her heart” like no other (pictured in character)
‘Thank you for all your help. Thank you to Sally Wainwright for bringing this great story and passion. Thanks to @lindaviemakeup and @tompye33 for the stunning work on both seasons and to our design team who blew me away on set every single day.
“To our cast and crew who are so talented and beautiful and finally, I love you @sophiesophierundle. You are a true friend and a total star. Love Suranne.’
UK ratings for the historical drama had fallen sharply when it returned earlier this year, with the most recent season finale drawing 3.20 million viewers, while that of the debut series drawing 6.14 million viewers.
Steamy: The co-production with Suranne as landowner Anne Lister who develops a romance with another woman – which was potentially dangerous in Britain in 1832
HBO told Deadline† “When we embarked on this journey over five years ago, we knew that series creator Sally Wainwright had a uniquely compelling vision, and it was immensely gratifying to watch Anne Lister’s journey resonate with viewers.
“We are incredibly grateful to Sally, the impeccable Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle, and the entire cast and crew for bringing Anne and Ann’s story to life.
“We would also like to thank our partners at BBC and Lookout Point for working together during two remarkable seasons.”
A BBC spokesperson said: Subway: ‘We are extremely proud of Gentleman Jack, a show that has had a huge cultural impact, and we are in talks with Sally about the future.’
The BBC repeated the above comment to MailOnline when contacted.
Suranne’s character Anne shared some tender moments with her new wife Ann Walker as she reprized her role as Britain’s ‘first modern lesbian’ for the recent second episode.
Set in the 1830s, the dramatization was based on Lister’s (Sophie Rundle) diaries, which were partly written in cryptic code.
All eyes were on Anne and Ann as they returned home to Shibden Hall as wives and wives, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple.
Couple: Suranne’s character Anne shared some tender moments with her new wife Ann Walker as she recently reprized her role as Britain’s ‘first modern lesbian’ for the episode