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The scope widened in series two of the Bafta-winning romantic drama, with as much screen time devoted to family strife as to pensionable lovers Alan and Celia's late-blooming courtship. Not that this is in any way a problem - in fact we now care just as much for the younger adults as we do for the recently reunited sweethearts. The key is the wit and wisdom that runs through Sally Wainwright's scripts, all subtly performed by such stars as Sarah Lancashire and the peerless Nicola Walker, the latter of whom was a picture of anguish for most of the run.
I for one can't wait to find out what Wainwright has in store for Gillian and the rest of Last Tango's intoxicating cast of characters next time round.
Written by Gerard O'Donovan. The Daily Telegraph, 24th December 2013
Though Alan and Celia are the twin heartbeats of Last Tango, in many ways this series has been about the flourishing of another relationship, the one between their daughters Caroline and Gillian.
Alison Graham, Radio Times, 24th December 2013
Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid star in the kind of British drama at which the BBC excels and, as the impressive viewing figures show, audiences still appreciate. The plot has modern flourishes (widower is reunited with childhood sweetheart via Facebook; lesbians) but this is an old-school, multi-generational observational family drama with comic subplot and it's all the better for it. Everything is pointing to a series-crowning wedding although, with an hour to fill and several other relationships hovering on the edge, we will have to work for our happy ending.
Last Tango in Halifax topped Tuesday night's ratings for a second week, according to overnight data.
Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 18th December 2013
I found this to be a thoroughly satisfying instalment of a series that's had its ups and downs.
Primetime Unreality, 17th December 2013
It's Nicola Walker's turn to shine in the latest Last Tango in Halifax episode.
Written by Rachel Ward. The Telegraph, 17th December 2013
As Alan and Celia's wedding plans gather pace in the final episode of this second season, Gillian's drunken confession has left Caroline in something of a moral quandary. Caroline's also struggling to win back the affections of Kate, as Robbie is persuaded to take a chance with Gillian.
Last Tango in Halifax bounced back to top the ratings on Tuesday (December 10), overnight data reveals.
Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 11th December 2013
The superb acting skills of Derek Jacobi lifted the latest episode of Last Tango in Halifax, says Michael Hogan.
Written by Michael Hogan. The Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2013
In my recent reviews of Last Tango in Halifax, I've made much of the changing tone of a series which I believe has become a lot darker in its second run. But, in the last ten minutes of tonight's episode, I got the sense that the storm clouds were lifting.
Primetime Unreality, 10th December 2013
By the end of the episode you'll probably be so overwhelmed by some big poignant moments involving Derek Jacobi that you'll have to be helped up the stairs to bed. Make sure there's someone to plump your pillows and take care of you, you're going to need it, as Alan (Jacobi) comes to terms with loss. Jacobi is so heartbreakingly good it's hard not to stand back, nod sagely and say to yourself, yep, that's acting, proper acting, all while you're having a good old cry.
Alison Graham, Radio Times, 10th December 2013
Awkwardness and confusion abound as Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) and Kate's romantic country weekend doesn't pan out quite as intended, John's designs on Gillian turn into a busy night down on the farm and Alan and Celia fret over skeletons in the closet. The plot of this engaging saga doesn't so much advance as entertainingly whirl round in circles - with a spot of teen bondage threatening to send Celia (Anne Reid) over the edge.
The shockwaves from Gillian's escaped secret are still evident tonight, as Celia tries to reassure Alan that he did the right thing in keeping shtum. Elsewhere, Kate and Caroline's romance hits some turbulence as a mini-break turns sour upon the arrival of a new character. Then Alan hears some news that puts him in mind of family unification. Meanwhile, hapless John (a consistently brilliant performance by Tony Gardner) makes another one of his impulsive decisions about love. Splendid.
I have no doubt that families can behave that badly, but can they behave so efficiently badly? There's a danger that this may undermine the portrayal of Alan and Celia's relationship itself.
Written by Clarissa Tan. The Spectator, 7th December 2013
Melodrama is threatening to undermine the carefully built characters in Last Tango in Halifax, says Neil Midgley.
Written by Neil Midgley. The Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2013
Too many people give too much away in Sally Wainwright's masterly drama, as Last Tango in Halifax takes some very dark turns. Emotional scabs that have never healed are ripped away by unwitting hands and the families at the heart of the drama pulse with the pain of open wounds. Celia (Anne Reid) inadvertently, though very thoughtlessly (and typically, as Reid told RT recently, because Celia is not a very nice woman), throws light on a bleak corner in the grim farm on the hill that illuminates a past sadness.
Alison Graham, Radio Times, 3rd December 2013
Jasmine, Poppy, Grace, Rose? The birth of Gillian's granddaughter is all the push Kate needs to fantasise about names for the hypothetical baby she dreams of having with Caroline. New parents Ellie and Raff are way out of their depth and behaving like spoilt brats. And with the stresses and strains rippling out through the family, emotional fractures open up to reveal hurtful truths and lies buried beneath the surface in Celia and Alan's extended family.
Nicola Walker was the star of the episode in my opinion as she totally made you feel for Gillian throughout the course of the story.
Primetime Unreality, 26th November 2013
The second series of the BBC's hit comedy drama, featuring Alan and Celia's wedding, continues to impress.
Written by Gerard O'Donovan. The Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2013
Celia and Alan have opted for a modest wedding ceremony. Just the pair of them and two witnesses (a butcher and a copper) they've picked up on the street. 'We thought everyone would think it was funny,' explains Alan. Sadly, they don't. Gillian, in particular, seems mortally wounded by this turn of events.
Poor Alan and Celia. Getting married secretly without telling their families is meant to be "just a bit of fun," say the hapless, happy couple. But their rash romanticism falls on stony ground as chippy, glum Gillian sees it as a betrayal. Oh, Gillian. It's tempting to yell at her, "Why don't you just cheer up, love?" but she has much to be anguished about. She thinks her lovely dad's common sense-filled head has been corrupted by his new association with sinfully bourgeois Harrogate, and her son delivers an emotional torpedo that threatens to blow up that gloomy family farmhouse on the moors.
Alison Graham, Radio Times, 26th November 2013
Celia and Alan head to the register office for their quickie wedding - all they want is to be married with as little fuss as possible and doing it in secret might be fun, romantic even. But the rose-tinted spectacles get a rude jolt by the mercenary nature of the witnesses they drag off the street. And they've horribly underestimated the hurt it would cause to their offspring, particularly Gillian, still smarting from her dad's comment about her being an ongoing disappointment...
This is why housework is a mugs' game. If Gillian hadn't been hoovering she'd never have found the appointment card for her dad's secret wedding to Celia. And she wouldn't now be speeding to the register office demanding to know why she wasn't invited.
Learning of Alan and Celia's plans for clandestine nuptials, headstrong offspring Gillian hits the Yorkshire roads to make her feelings known before the knot is tied. That's not the only shocking news in store for Gillian, with son Raff revealing that girlfriend Ellie is just weeks away from giving birth. Alan offers financial help to see Raff complete his studies, but with Caroline also needing a financial leg-up from Celia to wrest her home from duplicitous husband John, resources are stretched tighter than an overworked whippet's hamstring.