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Last Tango in Halifax

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 14, 2013 10:29 AM
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Photo by Helen Turton/BBC

Coming later this year: Last Tango in Halifax premieres Sunday, September 8 8:00pm leading into the finale of the Masterpiece Mystery! courtroom drama Silk, as part of PBS’ continuing Sunday nights of drama.

Written by Sally Wainwright (“Scott and Bailey,” “Unforgiven,” “At Home With the Braithwaites”) and directed by Euros Lynn (“Black Mirror,” “Sherlock”) and Sam Donovan (“Skins,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”), Last Tango in Halifax completed its first season in the UK in late 2012. The premiere ranked within BBC One’s top 10 highest-rated drama series in 2012, attracting 7.3 million viewers. A second series has been commissioned in the UK. A Red Production for the BBC, Last Tango in Halifax is produced by Karen Lewis and Nicola Shindler, with Sally Wainwright and Matthew Read as the executive producers.

Last Tango in Halifax stars Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, “The Borgias,” My Week With Marilyn) as Alan, Anne Reid (“Upstairs, Downstairs,” “Marchlands”) as Celia, Sarah Lancashire (“Five Daughters,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Inspector George Gently”) as Caroline, Nicola Walker (“Inside Men,” “Spooks,” “Being Human”) as Gillian, Tony Gardner (“Fresh Meat,” “My Parents Are Aliens”) as John, Dean Andrews (“Life On Mars,” “Ashes To Ashes,” “Marchlands”) as Robbie, Nina Sosanya (“Silk,” “Five Days,” “Hustle”) as Kate, Ronni Ancona (“Skins,” “Big Impression”) as Judith and Josh Bolt (“Shameless,” Nowhere Boy) as Raff.

The six-part series is an uplifting comedy/drama about romance and second chances. Full of zesty humor, great characters and glorious dialogue, it’s about timeless love in a modern setting. Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the internet after nearly 60 years. As their lives collide for a second time, the couple laments what might have been as they take audiences on a life-affirming journey together. While their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age, it is also a story about family and the complications the relationship causes, especially for their grown daughters.

Last Tango in Halifax can be found on witf TV this September.

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