BAFTA winners Suranne Jones and Sally Wainwright took to the red carpet for the Yorkshire premiere of TV drama Gentleman Jack, filmed partly in Bradford.

The eight-part series, about Halifax landowner Anne Lister, is a Lookout Point production for the BBC, co-produced with HBO, and is currently being shown in America, to rave reviews.

The first episode includes scenes shot in Little Germany and Saltaire. Suranne Jones, star of Doctor Foster and Save Me, plays Anne Lister in the show, written by Sally Wainwright, who created TV hits Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. The cast also includes Peaky Blinders and Bodyguard star Sophie Rundle, Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, Stephanie Cole, Gemma Jones, Peter Davison, Katherine Kelly and Bradford's Natalie Gavin. Other filming was at Shibden Hall, Sowerby Bridge, Huddersfield, Batley and Leeds.

Gentleman Jack is set in 1832, when Anne Lister returns from years of exotic travel and sets about transforming her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall. She decides she must marry well - but charismatic, swashbuckling Anne has no intention of marrying a man. She sets her sights on wealthy heiress Ann Walker.

Speaking at the premiere, at Halifax's Square Chapel Arts Centre, Suranne Jones said the setting, including the district’s historic streets, was “like a character in itself”.

“Dropping down from the hills, the landscape is breathtaking,” she said. “This isn’t a conventional period drama; it has speed and pace, and Anne talks to camera, as if you’re reading her diaries. That hasn’t been done in period drama before."

Sally Wainwright read Anne's diaries - five millions words written in code, which were still being de-coded as filming took place. She said: “It was quite an emotional experience. It felt like making an intimate connection with her. Anne talking to camera is a cinematic way of creating that sense of intimacy.

"I often wondered if she'd be angry that we were exposing her secret world. But when she was dying she didn't instruct anyone to destroy her journals, and as a writer I know that what you write is your legacy to the world. Now we're in an age when we can treat her diaries with respect. So on balance I decided she'd be pleased.

"I visited Shibden Hall as a child but knew nothing of Anne Lister. When I read Jill Liddington's book Female Fortune it changed my life. Anne was phenomenally intelligent, with a really healthy sense of her own self-worth, which we could all use some more of."

Natalie Gavin from Denholme - who had a pivotal role in Line of Duty's dramatic conclusion this week, as corrupt cop PC Martina Tranter - plays Alice Hardcastle, one of Anne's tenants. "She's the sweetest character I've ever played," said Natalie. "It's a fantastic show to be in, and to work with Sally and Suranne.

"I'm proud that it's showing off our district. Ninety per cent of my work is here, it's a great time for filming in Bradford and surrounding areas."

Sophie Rundle, who plays Ann Walker, said Gentleman Jack brings her story alive. "She was erased from history. Her family was so mortified at what she did, she was hidden away," she said.

"She's shy and repressed, then she meets Anne Lister and it's like meeting a rock star. She's starstruck.

"This is a young woman with mental health problems, something we can talk about today with much more fluency. What Ann did, at that time, in her repressed world - she's someone to be really respected. It has been lovely to finally tell her story."