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Last Tango in Halifax

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Last Tango in Halifax

2 Disc Set




Suitable for mature persons.

NOTE: Mature themes & coarse language

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"Great acting, great script great production"
4 stars"
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This series is excellent and I am looking forward to series two when it is available.


Winner of the BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (2013), Last Tango in Halifax is a British drama series written by award winning writer Sally Wainwright, inspired by her witnessing the happiness her mother's second marriage brought her late in life.

Uplifting comedy drama about romance and second chances…

Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited on the internet after nearly 60 years. Their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age. But this is also a story about family, and with family comes baggage. Celia's respec­table, head teacher daughter Caroline is juggling bringing up two boys and dealing with her husband's infi­delity, while Alan's rebellious, complicated middle-aged daughter Gillian struggles to make a living on a beautiful but bleak farm. How will these two very different women cope with their parents' announcement that they've decided to get married?


  • WINNER – BAFTA TV Awards for: Best Drama Series & Best Writer (2013). Nominated for Best Leading Actor Derek Jacobi, Best Leading Actress Anne Reid and Best Supporting Actress Sarah Lancashire.
  • Nominated for Broadcasting Press Guild Award, Best Drama Series/Serial (2013)

Last Tango in Halifax Review

"Beyond the snazzy title, Last Tango in Halifax doesn’t have a lot jumping out at you as reasons you have to make sure you watch it when it airs on PBS starting September 8th. You (probably) don’t know the faces, there are no car chases, murders, or anything else that makes for a great promo reel. In fact, it’s somewhat difficult to tell what it’s about. Two people hovering around 80-something meet up after 60 years, fall back in love, and… hilarity ensues, or something. Your guess is as good as anyone’s insofar as what that might mean. Plus, it’s British, and they have a different theory of what makes something interesting to watch. You know who you are.

What it has going for it is one of the most amazingly accurate, and brutally honest portraits of what it means to love someone that you will ever run into, and the oldest people on the show are just the beginning of the examination. Of course, it does have esteemed veterans playing our aged love birds, Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid), as well as a cast of notable stars with a combined resume that seems to include most everything from British television for the last twenty years – Nicola Walker, Sarah Lancashire, Tony Gardner – and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear any of them wonder aloud if they’re ever going to be this good again.

…From veteran television writer, Sally Wainwright, and based (at least in theory) on her own experiences, Last Tango in Halifax mixes abilities we’ve seen in her previous efforts (at Home with the Braithwaites stands out), but brings them out in ways that raise the bar for honest and realistic development. At the furthest reaches of dramatic storytelling it actually becomes meaningless to pay attention to the plot, because there isn’t one, and that’s where we are here. Like life, there is only “some stuff that happens,” and if we look back over it, we might find that it “had something to say,” but that isn’t a plot. What happens in Last Tango is that a curious, and almost fantastic set of events conspire to force a group of mostly-connected people to look over at life as it stands in the corner waving its arms and shouting, “Over here. Look at me. Look at me.”

Whatever we may run into along the way – two people who haven’t seen each other in sixty years wondering if they can really say they know each other at all, a woman wondering what it can mean to know herself after decades of marriage, brushes with disaster that force us to confront potential loss of a loved one, or being pushed into the realization that you’ve really been treating someone like garbage for quite a while – it all simply comes together like the furious nonsense life is. Key to it all, perhaps, the surprise the characters deliver at their own actions and responses, and the constant uncertainty that seems to be everyone’s driving force. By the end of the final episode (which airs October 13th on PBS) you’ll be a part of the family, and just like the people you’re watching, you won’t really know how you got there.

A product of the writing as much as the excellent turns by the stunning cast (Lancashire stands out, somewhat surprisingly, because she has the hardest work to do and nails every bit of it), this is probably the best, most engrossing effort I’ve run into in several years." Marc Eastman,

Release date Australia
December 4th, 2013
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Number of Discs
Country of Production
  • United Kingdom
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All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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