Last Tango in Halifax

Series 1 - Episode 3

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Aged lovebirds Celia and Alan (Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi) potter happily through their new life together as their families fall apart around them. Celia’s brittle daughter Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) rages against
the infuriating and inept drunken man of straw she married, while Alan’s daughter Gillian (Nicola Walker) is humiliated by that nasty piece of work she’s sleeping with.

This all sounds desperately soapy, but it isn’t, though things get a bit weird by the end with some nonsense about a haunted country house that feels like it belongs in another drama altogether.

Still, writer Sally Wainwright likes to spring surprises (and there are quite
a few of those in this episode) as Alan and Celia take the next step in their relationship. Caroline, meanwhile, drops her guard in that lovely big house
in Harrogate so we glimpse the well of loneliness that lies beneath her
flinty exterior.

About this programme

3/6. Celia and Alan hit a stumbling block when the vicar refuses to marry them in church, so they go in search of venues for a civil ceremony - only to find themselves trapped inside a creepy medieval mansion. Gillian encourages John to stick up for himself, so he returns to Harrogate and tells Caroline he is moving back in - whether she likes it or not - sparking another spectacular argument. Raff moves out of the farm after Gillian discovers she is the reason he attacked Paul. Sally Wainwright's light-hearted drama, starring Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker.

Cast and crew

Cast

Alan
Derek Jacobi
Celia
Anne Reid
Caroline
Sarah Lancashire
Gillian
Nicola Walker
John
Tony Gardner
Robbie
Dean Andrews
Kate
Nina Sosanya
Judith
Ronni Ancona
Raff
Josh Bolt
Paul
Sacha Dhawan
William
Edward Ashley
Lawrence
Louis Greatorex
Vicar
Anne Hornby

Crew

Director
Euros Lyn
Producer
Karen Lewis
Writer
Sally Wainwright
Categories
Drama

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