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Last Tango in Halifax
E3 of 6
Series 1 - Episode 3
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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
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 & Crew
Full Episode Guide
Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright believes she has been "overlooked" as a woman in TV
The Bafta-winning screenwriter will be profiled on the South Bank Show. But why has it taken so long?
Meet the cast of Last Tango in Halifax
Will there be more Last Tango in Halifax?
Last Tango in Halifax stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid share favourite Christmas memories
What did you think of Last Tango in Halifax?
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Last Tango in Halifax to return for two-part Christmas special
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What time is the Last Tango in Halifax Christmas special on TV?
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