Last Tango in Halifax
Last Tango in Halifax is a British comedy-drama series that began broadcasting on BBC One on 20 November 2012. It has been praised for its depiction of the older generation, strong acting, and believable dialogue. It won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series for series three of Last Tango In Halifax.
About Last Tango in Halifax in brief
Last Tango in Halifax is a British comedy-drama series that began broadcasting on BBC One on 20 November 2012. Screenwriter Sally Wainwright loosely adapted the story of her mother’s second marriage. The series stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as Alan and Celia. It has been praised for its depiction of the older generation, strong acting, and believable dialogue. It won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series for series three of Last Tango In Halifax, which aired on BBC1 in the U.S. in the fall of 2013. It is described as a ‘testament of the uplifting power of love at any age’ and has been endorsed by an executive member of the charity Age UK. The show has been described as ‘a triumph against TV’s ageism’ and ‘the best new show of the fall’ by Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara ahead of the American premiere. It was nominated for four BAFTA awards and won the Best Drama Award at the 2013 BAFTAs. It also won a BAFTA for Best Comedy or Drama for series two of series three, and was nominated again for the award for best comedy or drama for series four of series five, as well as the BAFTA and BAFTA Golden Globe awards for series six and series seven of the series, respectively. The final BAFTA nomination was for best drama or comedy for series seven, which also won the Golden Globe for series eight, series nine, and series ten of the show. The BAFTA win was for the best drama series of the year, which was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards for series nine and series 10 of the TV series, both of which won the BAFtAs.
The BBC One series is based on lead writer Sally Wainsworth’s personal experiences. She lost contact with a childhood friend, Alec Walker, when she was 15, but they reconnected on the social networking website Friends Reunited 60 years later and within six months were married. Wainsley was inspired to write the series by her mother, Dorothy, and wrote two versions of the fourth episode; the unaired one would have seen Kate survive. She felt that killing off Caroline’s partner Kate would be the most effective way to propel the drama onwards and to develop the emotional lives of the remaining characters going forward. She was conflicted over this decision, having grown attached to the character of Kate, and actress Nina Sosanya. The Guardian felt that the series was the unlikely casting of a’stalwart’ and a ‘classical knight’ Jacobi was surprised to be offered the role of Stalwart Alan as his reputation centred on parts that were either either ‘posh’ or ‘costical’ He enjoyed the chance to play someone who is ‘an ordinary fellow’ who is not stereotyped or patronising in any way. He also inspired a scene in which Alan’s friends vie to be his best man to be the best man for his best friend.