Last Tango in Halifax

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Writer Sally Wainwright has left behind the mean, crime-soaked streets of Manchester and Scott & Bailey to return to the kind of warm-hearted family turmoil she first explored in her hit series At Home with the Braithwaites.

Last Tango in Halifax is a rather sweet love story with, at its heart, an unconsummated romance that reaches back decades. Celia and Alan (Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi, both great) first knew each other as teenagers. But, after a misunderstanding, their burgeoning relationship collapsed and they married other people. Donkey’s years later, when they’re single once again, the pair re-establish contact through Facebook.

They both have grown-up families now, each member of which has a secret sorrow, or just a secret. There are times when Last Tango in Halifax will make you gasp in disbelief, but because the cast is so good and works so hard to make it all credible, you’ll probably be won over.

About this programme

1/6. Old friends Celia Dawson and Alan Buttershaw are both widowed and in their 70s, and have not seen each other for 60 years. When they are reunited over the internet and arrange to meet up, they discover it was an unfortunate twist of fate that prevented them getting together all those years ago. All at once, their feelings for each other are reignited and they make a snap decision. But when their daughters - buttoned-up headmistress Caroline and happy-go-lucky farmer Gillian - arrive at the pub to pick their parents up, how will they feel about becoming sisters-in-law? Sally Wainwright's light-hearted drama stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as the second-time-around lovers, with Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Euros Lyn
Producer
Karen Lewis
Writer
Sally Wainwright
Categories
Drama