Last Tango in Halifax

Series 2 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

At the end of the first series of Sally Wainwright’s winning, warm-hearted drama, dear Alan was hovering between life and death after a heart attack. Obviously he survives, or there wouldn’t be much point in returning to Yorkshire for a second helping.

It’s great to see everyone again in a drama where pensioners are loved, cherished and never dismissed as inconvenient, and this time the masterly Wainwright has broadened the drama to dig deeper into other characters, notably Caroline (Sarah Lancashire, who’s excellent) the newly-confident and newly out lesbian. While Alan and Celia (Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid) mend the relationship that almost fractured for ever, there’s a shift in the tectonic plates in the romantic lives of their families. Just look at poor Gillian (Nicola Walker), who is made to pay for her terrible mistake in sleeping with John (Tony Gardner), Caroline’s pathologically hopeless estranged husband. No one does bleating wretchedness like Gardner – no one.

About this programme

1/6. New series. Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid return as the second-time-around lovers in Sally Wainwright's award-winning comedy drama, which picks up where the last series left off, with Alan regaining consciousness after his heart scare. Celia is so relieved, she promises never to fall out with him again - and realising life is too short, the couple decide to get married as soon as possible. Things aren't quite so rosy between Caroline and John, however - having arrived home to find him in bed with Judith, she decides to go one better and invites Kate to move in. Meanwhile, Gillian's relationship with her father takes a knock when he discovers she slept with John. Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker, Tony Gardner and Nina Sosanya co-star.

Cast and crew

Cast

Alan
Derek Jacobi
Celia
Anne Reid
Caroline
Sarah Lancashire
Gillian
Nicola Walker
Raff
Josh Bolt
Kate
Nina Sosanya
John
Tony Gardner
Lawrence
Louis Greatorex
William
Edward Ashley
Robbie
Dean Andrews
Judith
Ronni Ancona
Nurse
Christina Tam
Consultant
Declan Wilson
Clerk
James Jowett

Crew

Director
Euros Lyn
Producer
Karen Lewis
Writer
Sally Wainwright
Categories
Drama