Last Tango in Halifax

Series 1 - Episode 5

Last Tango in Halifax
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

The once frosty Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) is thoroughly thawed, having re-evaluated her life during that long and worrying night when her mum and Alan were missing.

With a spring in her step, she returns to her enviably lovely house in Harrogate to tell her nearly ex-husband John that she is in love. Though with someone else entirely. The look of horror that transfixes his face is an absolute picture (no one can do baffled comedy-appalled quite like Tony Gardner).

Things are even looking up for Alan’s daughter Gillian (Nicola Walker) up there on her chilly farm in the wilds, with all sorts of unsuitable men beating a path to her door. Ends tomorrow.

About this programme

5/6. Alan has trouble deciding which of his old friends he should choose to be his best man. Caroline and Gillian discover they were born on the same day, but their respective celebrations descend into emotional chaos when John discovers his wife has been seeing another woman - and he in turn tells Celia. Sally Wainwright's drama, starring Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker.

Cast and crew


Alan Buttershaw
Derek Jacobi
Celia Dawson
Anne Reid
Caroline Elliot
Sarah Lancashire
Gillian Greenwood
Nicola Walker
Raff Greenwood
Josh Bolt
John Elliot
Tony Gardner
William Elliot
Edward Ashley
Lawrence Elliot
Louis Greatorex
Kate McKenzie
Nina Sosanya
Robbie Greenwood
Dean Andrews
Paul Jatri
Sacha Dhawan
Ronni Ancona
Roy Barraclough
Paul Copley
Susan Jatri
Ishia Bennison


Sam Donovan
Karen Lewis
Sally Wainwright