CROWDS of people gathered outside York Minster yesterday to watch a scene from a BBC drama currently being filmed throughout the city streets.

Actors from the upcoming drama, Gentleman Jack, were shooting a scene on Duncombe Place. The company, Lookout Point, have been using several streets such as Goodramgate, Precentor Court, Duncombe Place and High Trinity Church over the past few days.

Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones is starring in the title role as Anne Lister, aka Gentleman Jack, a 19th-century diarist, entrepreneur and mountaineer, who married local heiress Ann Walker.The couple were said to have become engaged on February 27, 1834, and then taken communion during a service at Holy Trinity Church in Goodramgate. The event had been hailed as the first Church of England blessing of a same-sex marriage.

Filming took place in York in July at locations including at Grays Court Hotel. This week there has been filming in Minster Yard and Deangate, with further filming expected in Duncombe Place tomorrow.

Anne Lister came from one of the most prominent families in Halifax, whose estate, Shibden Hall, is now a tourist attraction. She inherited the family seat in 1826, eventually restoring and renovating the house and landscaping the grounds.

She recorded a number of lesbian love affairs in diaries which eventually amounted to four million words.

The series has been created, written and directed by Sally Wainwright, who is behind series including Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley. The cast also includes Sophie Rundle and Timothy s

Earlier this year a rainbow memorial plaque to Anne was unveiled on the wall outside Holy Trinity Church, created through a partnership between York Civic Trust, York LGBT Forum and The Churches Conservation Trust.

Dr Kit Heyam, co-organiser of the Rainbow Plaques project in York and former lead coordinator of York LGBT History Month, said it was the first ever permanent rainbow plaque in York and very possibly the UK.