The BBC’s critically acclaimed lesbian drama has received a glowing appraisal from British grandmothers, who love the costumes and the setting but don’t quite understand what it’s getting at.
Nan Simone Williams said, “It’s bloody brilliant, I can’t wait for the next episode. That Jack fellow is a bit more feminine than men were when I was a girl, but he still makes me wetter than an otter’s pocket.
“Anyway, all my grandsons have their hair in a ponytail, it’s the fashion apparently.
“I haven’t heard of this Suranne Jones before. Suranne’s an odd name, I wonder if he’s French?”
Nan Karen Stephenson, who actually grew up in Halifax herself, commented, “Watching these period dramas is one of my favourite things to do. The ‘old timey’ language passes me by a bit, but I love seeing these beautiful young girls talk about which of the men has caught their eye.
“It’s better than watching the news, at least. All it ever seems to be these days is bloody gays, foreigners and obese children. I want to go back to Gentleman Jack’s much simpler time when everything was exactly how I like it.”