Sally Wainwright discusses Gentleman Jack series two and life in lockdown at the first RTS lunchtime event

Sally Wainwright

She is now penning the second series of the hit BBC drama, which is based on the diaries of a 19th century landowner exploring her lesbian sexuality.

Progress, however, has been slow. “I’ve got tons of work to do, but I’ve found it very hard to concentrate,” admitted Wainwright. She has turned out one episode during eight weeks of lockdown, a slower pace of writing than usual.

Normally, she said, “I take my deadlines very seriously”, but the coronavirus outbreak has put back filming of the new series from June to September.

RTS Futures webinar: Working in a television production office workshop

Former production coordinator Sam Tatlow, whose credits include The Inbetweeners, Misfits and Mad Dogs, revealed the secrets of working in a production office during an RTS Futures webinar.

The freelance nature of the industry means making a good first impression is key, Tatlow stressed, that often means going above and beyond, checking that the kitchen is tidy, or that the stationery cupboard is in order, because these are the things people will notice.

Industry impact of Covid-19

We will look at the prospects for TV advertising, the public and private organisations’ funding models, and the implications for the BBC and the broader PSB system. We will also ask what Ofcom and the government need to do to ensure the continued success of our TV sector.


  • Lindsey Clay , CEO, Thinkbox
  • Claire Enders, Founder, Enders Analysis
  • Damian Green MP
  • Sean McGuire, Managing Director, Oliver & Ohlbaum
  • Chaired by Kate Bulkley, Media Commentator