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Last Tango In Halifax. Image shows from L to R: Alan (Derek Jacobi), Celia (Anne Reid). Copyright: Red Production Company.

Last Tango In Halifax

BBC One comedy drama. 18 episodes (3 series), 2012 - 2015. Stars Ronni Ancona, Edward Ashley, Sacha Dhawan, Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker and others.

Another series is in development.

Last Tango In Halifax

Romantic comedy series about would-be childhood sweethearts who are reunited after 60 years. Stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid

Comedy Drama
2012 - 2015
18   (3 series)
Sally Wainwright
Ronni Ancona, Edward Ashley, Sacha Dhawan, Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker, Tony Gardner and others
Sally Wainwright
Euros Lyn, Sam Donovan, Jill Robertson, Nigel Cole and Sydney Macartney
Karen Lewis

Last Tango In Halifax sees Alan and Celia unexpectedly but instantly reignite the feelings they'd had as teenagers when they meet after a gap of 60 years. In this uplifting tale the path of true love is anything but smooth and the pair are surprised to find it's their own families who create some rather bumpy obstacles.

Both widowed, it's Alan and Celia's daughters whose dysfunctional lives bring drama at every turn. Caroline, a career-focused head teacher, is worried that her mum is rushing into things with Alan, but with her adulterous husband John back on the scene having left his alcoholic mistress and with relationship issues of her own she's happy to let things run their course.

Gillian works hard on the family farm as well as in the local supermarket and she's pleased her dad has found a companion. But she's currently having her head turned in the wrong direction whilst also dealing with her dead husband's brother, as he looks to turn her son Raff against her, meaning she has little time to concentrate on her father's love life.

Series 2 picked up the dramatic storyline that concluded the first series... Alan had just suffered a serious heart attack and the couples' nuptials were hanging in the balance.

Meanwhile, Celia's successful and uncompromising daughter Caroline is forced to face up to her newly discovered sexuality, the demands of her girlfriend Kate, her mother's prejudice and a failed marriage. While Alan's daughter Gillian, both independent and insecure, finds herself in a surprising love triangle having cheated on her partner Robbie with Caroline's hapless husband John.

Series 3 starts with Alan and Celia discussing going on a honeymoon adventure to New Zealand to visit Alan's brother Ted. Their happiness is short-lived however when someone turns up from Alan's past with devastating consequences.

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