Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid Return To Last Tango in Halifax


Filming has started for the second series of award-winning BBC One drama Last Tango in Halifax. Derek Jacobi (Vicious, The Borgias) and Anne Reid (Upstairs Downstairs, Marchlands) are reprising the roles of love struck septuagenarians Alan and Celia, who rediscover their love for each other later in life, 60 years after they first met.

The first series, which aired on BBC One last year, won the coveted Best Drama Series award at this year’s BAFTAs with writer Sally Wainwright (Scott & Bailey, Unforgiven) also named best writer at the BAFTA Craft Awards. The series was the BBC’s highest rating new mid-week drama of 2012, regularly attracting more than seven million viewers with its captivating mix of effervescent humour and moving drama.

The second series, currently filming in various locations around the north of England, picks up the dramatic storyline that had viewers on the edge of their seats last year. With Alan (Jacobi) having suffered a serious heart attack and the couples’ nuptials hanging in the balance, viewers were left wondering whether Celia (Reid) will once again lose the love of her life.

Meanwhile, Celia’s successful and uncompromising daughter Caroline (Lancashire) is forced to face up to her newly discovered sexuality, the demands of her girlfriend Kate (Sosanya), her mother’s prejudice and a failed marriage. While Alan’s daughter Gillian (Walker), both independent and insecure, finds herself in a surprising love triangle having cheated on her partner Robbie (Andrews) with Caroline’s hapless husband John (Gardner).