Last Tango in Halifax

(Rochester, New York) – The critically acclaimed British drama Last Tango in Halifax, an uplifting comedy about romance and second chances, premieres Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Full of zesty humor, authentic characters, and glorious dialogue, it’s about timeless love in a very modern setting.

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 2012. The premiere ranked within BBC One’s top ten highest-rated drama series in 2012, attracting 7.3 million viewers. A second series has been commissioned in the UK. 

Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other a second time when they are reunited on the internet after nearly 60 years. As their lives collide, the couple laments what might have been as they begin 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 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.

Last Tango in Halifax comes to life through its heartfelt storytelling,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “We hope viewers connect with the characters’ ups and downs and experience the timeless nature of love with them. We are so pleased to add this series to the great collection of drama on Sunday nights.”

Pictured: Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid)
Credit: Courtesy of © Antony & Cleopatra Series Ltd

 


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