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Sally Wainwright's BBC One series might centre around a 70-year old couple - but age doesn't matter when the drama is as good as this says Kasia Delgado.
Written by Kasia Delgado. The Radio Times, 26th January 2015
Whilst this wasn't the best episode of this series, I felt it was good to have a relatively calm instalment following weeks of big events.
Primetime Unreality, 26th January 2015
It's hard to follow up a lesbian wedding, two marriage proposals and the death of a recently betrothed first time mum.
Written by Sarah Lewis. Cult Box, 25th January 2015
Neither Caroline nor the audience are ready to let go but the story is already moving on.
Written by Neela Debnath. The Independent, 25th January 2015
The decision of Sally Wainwright to bump off half of the programme's only gay couple is yet more evidence that lesbians in TV exist to be sacrificed for the plot.
Written by Kaite Welsh. The Guardian, 20th January 2015
Last Tango in Halifax is always a dramatic event, but tonight's episode was subdued on the dramatic highs and lows, and rightly so.
Written by Sarah Lewis. Cult Box, 18th January 2015
Fans of the BBC drama have fallen in love with its locations - but they're not all in Yorkshire.
Written by Jade Bremner. The Radio Times, 18th January 2015
I have to say that, after a shaky start, this series of Last Tango in Halifax is turning out to be the best run that the show has ever had.
Written by Matt D.. Unreality Primetime, 18th January 2015
Last Tango in Halifax star Nina Sosanya chats about the shocking events of tonight's episode.
Written by William Martin. Cult Box, 18th January 2015
A thankful return to form as we're hit with some believable drama.
Written by Neela Debnath. The Independent, 18th January 2015
Caroline has to adapt to her dramatic new family circumstances and she's finding it hard, but for once her mum Celia is kind and sympathetic. Of course, Celia refused to attend her daughter's wedding to Kate, but life ebbs and flows, and grievances can't be nursed for long.
The Last Tango In Halifax star on life, love, ageing and the role which has made her an unexpected sex symbol.
Written by Vikki White. The Daily Mirror, 17th January 2015
Last Tango in Halifax plunged straight in to the lesbian wedding of the year, with a twist on the old clichéd 'will they/ won't they' conundrum.
Written by Sarah Lewis. Cult Box, 13th January 2015
Last Tango in Halifax began it's third series late last year and reunited us with Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid) as well as their respective broods. I've been a fan of Last Tango since it first began and particularly liked the darker second series which explored the past of Gillian (Nicola Walker) in a lot more detail. With Last Tango's writer Sally Wainwright busying herself with Happy Valley in 2014, I felt that she may not have enough time to wholly devote herself to a third series of this excellent family drama. These fears were compounded by the major story running throughout the first episode in which it was revealed that Alan had a secret son, Gary (Rupert Graves), who was the result of a brief affair Alan had conducted. The introduction of Gary to me felt like a way of just putting another obstacle in the way of the drama's central couple's happiness. However, after a lacklustre opener, Last Tango really kicked in in episode two as the emotional fallout from Gary's arrival started to take its toll on Celia. Celia's realisation that Alan wasn't completely perfect left her reeling and as a result she decided not to attend the wedding of her daughter Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) and her partner Kate (Nina Sosanya). This second episode completely restored my faith in Wainwright's storytelling abilities and it's clear that she knows her characters inside out, a fact witnessed by the icy way Caroline ejected Alan from her wedding.
When series three of Last Tango in Halifax first started I definitely had my reservations especially in regards to the character of Alan's long-lost son Gary. However, Sally Wainwright's script has taken the story into a whole direction.
Written by Matt D.. Unreality Primetime, 11th January 2015
This week viewers were plunged from the heights of joy into the depths of despair all in the space of an hour.
Written by Neela Debnath. The Independent, 11th January 2015
Newlyweds Caroline and Kate are so happy together, even Celia's small-mindedness can't dent their celebrations.
Following the "happily ever after" plot tie-ups of the last run, it has been intriguing to watch Sally Wainwright's attempt to sustain interest in series three of her mostly wonderful two-family drama. The introduction of Rupert Graves as Alan's surprise son has yet to really take, but with a cast this good (particularly Anne Reid as Celia) there's little cause for concern.
Overall, tonight's episode of Last Tango in Halifax was a vast improvement on what we were given last week thanks in part to the concentration on the complex characters that Wainwright has created.
Written by Matt D.. Unreality Primetime, 4th January 2015
Just when you think that Last Tango in Halifax can't get any better, writer Sally Wainwright manages to hook you right back in.
Written by Neela Debnath. The Independent, 4th January 2015
"It's two people in their 70s in a lovely and sexual relationship. It proved that old people can be as attractive and exciting and fun to be with as the kids."
Written by Stephen Armstrong. The Radio Times, 4th January 2015
Caroline and Kate's big day is approaching, but snippy Celia still refers to her daughter's upcoming nuptials as if they are written in italics, or with inverted commas, as in "It's the day before the... wedding".
Sir Derek said that filming the latest TV series of Last Tango In Halifax was sometimes painful as he was still recovering.
Written by Mark Jefferies. The Daily Mirror, 30th December 2014
Sally Wainwright's drama about family and relationships is so good it makes you think about your own.
Written by Sam Wollaston. The Guardian, 29th December 2014
Writer Sally Wainwright chats about creating the series, inspired by her mother rekindling a relationship and subsequently marrying her teenage sweetheart Alec, and hints at what we can expect in Series 3.
BBC, 28th December 2014