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Last Tango in Halifax
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Series 1 - Episode 1
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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.
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.
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Full Episode Guide
Derek Jacobi: there will be no more Last Tango in Halifax
Sally Wainwright's jam-packed schedule means there will be no more new episodes of the BBC1 drama, according to the Murder on the Orient Express actor
Will there be more Last Tango in Halifax?
Meet the cast of Last Tango in Halifax
Kiri star Sarah Lancashire: "The work I like to do is the work I’m most afraid of"
Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright on being “overlooked” because she’s a woman
Sally Wainwright on her South Bank Show profile: "Why haven't they done this sooner? It's because I'm a woman"
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Last Tango in Halifax stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid share their favourite Christmas memories
What time is the Last Tango in Halifax Christmas special on TV?
What did you think of Last Tango in Halifax?
Watch a sneak preview of Last Tango in Halifax's Christmas special
Why Last Tango in Halifax isn't just for old people