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

Last Tango In Halifax

BBC One comedy drama about two childhood sweethearts reunited. 20 episodes (3 series), 2012 - 2016. Stars Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker and others.

Series 1, Episode 6

Gillian and Robbie grow closer while Alan calls the wedding off, in an emotional conclusion to the series. But can Celia rise to the occasion, face her demons and get Alan back?

Further details

Last Tango In Halifax. Image shows from L to R: Kate (Nina Sosanya), Caroline (Sarah Lancashire). Copyright: Red Production Company.

Celia reacts badly to John's revelation that Caroline's gay. When Caroline comes to try and talk to Celia about it the next day, Alan is struck and disappointed by Celia's lack of warmth, kindness or understanding towards her daughter.

Caroline invites Celia and Alan to dinner to meet Kate, and Alan persuades a reluctant Celia to go. Celia makes no effort and speaks bluntly to Kate. Caroline takes Celia aside and their row can be heard at the table.

Celia twists something Caroline said about Kate and Kate gets the wrong end of the stick. She leaves feeling humiliated. Everything between her and Caroline is over. Alan is sad and embarrassed that Celia has no misgivings about the damage she's caused.

Over at Gillian's farm, Robbie has been invited for dinner too. Gillian is warming to the idea of them making a go of it together, despite the fact that she pulled Caroline's husband last night.

Alan returns to Halifax, crushed. He tells Gillian that he and Celia have reached the end of the line. It's all over. Back in Harrogate a devastated Celia blames Caroline for ruining the one thing that has given her happiness. Caroline's livid and tells Celia some terrible home truths. Friendless Celia hits rock bottom and is made to face her demons.

The next day Celia goes to the farm only to learn that Alan's had a heart attack. Gillian tells her it's bad; he's not expected to recover. A distraught Celia keeps a vigil by his bedside, but has she now lost her soul mate forever?

Notes

This episode was dedicated to Alec Walker, 1929 - 2009.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 19th December 2012
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
60 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Derek Jacobi Alan
    Anne Reid Celia
    Sarah Lancashire Caroline
    Nicola Walker Gillian
    Tony Gardner John
    Dean Andrews Robbie
    Josh Bolt Raff
    Edward Ashley William
    Louis Greatorex Lawrence
    Nina Sosanya Kate
    Sacha Dhawan Paul
    Guest cast
    Nico Mirallegro Young Alan
    Amelia Young Young Celia
    Writing team
    Sally Wainwright Writer
    Emily Feller Script Editor
    Kam Odedra Script Editor
    Production team
    Sam Donovan Director
    Karen Lewis Producer
    Nicola Shindler Executive Producer
    Matthew Read Executive Producer
    Sally Wainwright Executive Producer
    Richard Cox Editor
    Luana Hanson Production Designer
    Murray Gold Composer

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