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Last Tango in Halifax

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Series 2-Episode 1

Series 2-Episode 1

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Review

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.

Summary

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 & Crew

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
Director Euros Lyn
Producer Karen Lewis
Writer Sally Wainwright
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