New to SoHo2 in May

Gentleman Jack, a BBC drama series about Britain’s “first modern lesbian”, will premiere next month on SoHo2 (9.30 Wednesdays from May 1).

From award-winning writer Sally Wainwright (Happy ValleyLast Tango in Halifax), it’s the true story of Anne Lister (Suranne Jones), who turned gender norms on their head in 1832 Yorkshire.

The charismatic and swashbuckling Lister walked like a man and charmed her way into high society.

To transform the fate of her ancestral home, Shibden Hall, she had to re-open her coal mines and marry well — but had no intention of marrying a man.

Instead, she embarked on an extraordinary, epic, unconventional love story.

Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Timothy West (EastEnders), Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), Katherine Kelly (Cheat) and Stephanie Cole (Waiting For God) co-star.

Also new next month will be season two of Riviera and:

Native Son (May 3): From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and director Rashid Johnson, Native Son tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Saunders), a young African-American living in Chicago, who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman, Will Dalton (Bill Camp). As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power – including a precarious relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley) – he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances which will alter the course of his life forever.

My Dad Wrote a Porno (May 17): Based on the hugely popular British podcast of the same name, this HBO comedy special has Jamie Morton reading a chapter from the Belinda Blinked series of ‘erotic’ novels written by his father under the nom de plume of Rocky Flinstone. He  enlists his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine to provide uproarious commentary and bring Rocky’s infamous ‘Lost Chapter’ to the screen.

Foster (May 24): Drawing on unprecedented access, this HBO documentary traces a complex path through the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, interweaving first-hand stories of those navigating the system with insights from social workers, advocates, and others working in the justice system. Foster’s realistic but hopeful perspective upends some of the most enduring myths about foster care, going beyond the sensational headlines and stereotypes.

Back for Box Set Saturdays will be Dice (S1), Vice Principals (S1), Deadly Class, Catastrophe (S4), Cheat and Pose (S1).

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