Last Tango in Halifax’s Anne Reid: ‘It will be hard to live up to the first series’

The actress who played Celia in the hit BBC drama says she hopes the second run can be as "phenomenally successful" as the first


Anne Reid, the star of hit BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax, says she’s keeping her fingers crossed that the second series of the family drama will live up to expectations.


Speaking to at the Bafta nominees party, Reid said: “I haven’t seen the scripts [for series two] so I hope I like them. It’s going to be quite hard to live up to the first series so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

The recently recommissioned BBC1 drama, which also starred Derek Jacobi, Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire, followed the romance of childhood sweethearts Celia and Alan as they reunited after a lifetime apart. The first series ended with Alan (Jacobi) fighting for his life in hospital.

After capturing the nation’s hearts and drawing in millions of viewers, Last Tango in Halifax got the Academy’s approval too, nominated for four awards at this year’s TV Baftas. News which Reid said was “Very, very exciting. I’m thrilled to pieces.”

“I knew it was good but I didn’t know that it was going to be so phenomenally successful,” she added. “And it has been. I have never been in anything in my life that appeals to everybody. It appeals to old people, young people, all classes, everybody.”

“People come up to me now with a big smile and I know what they’re going to say. It’s like having friends all over the place! It’s lovely.”


Series writer Sally Wainwright picked up best drama writer for the Last Tango in Halifax at last night’s Bafta TV Craft awards.