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It's Yorkshire in the 1800s, and Anne Lister is a young orphan of great wealth who has gone to live with her aunt and uncle. They care for her but await the day when she'll marry and hope it'll be to a man of great fortune. Anne has other ideas, however. She's a lesbian, and she is just independent enough to refuse the idea of marrying a man for the sake of security. She records everything that she thinks and does in a diary, but it is highly coded so that those who might read it won't learn her secret.

1 Season, 1 Episode
May 31, 2010
Cast: Maxine Peake, Anna Madeley, Susan Lynch, Christine Bottomley
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  • This bold and passionate drama tells the story of Anne Lister, 1791-1840, a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveler and diarist. She was a lesbian, who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, in private defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover. Anne kept a detailed account of her life, her loves and her emotions in a fascinating and painfully honest 4,000,000-word journal. A sizable portion was written in code, and the recent deciphering of the diaries provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain's first modern lesbian. Starring Maxine Peake.

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