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Last Tango in Halifax

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In this uplifting 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?

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 336 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DC5K2J4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When I heard the initial concept of the new BBC series "Last Tango in Halifax," I thought that it might be a cute romantic trifle. What's not to like about a sweet late period romance with two senior citizens of the over seventy set finding love? Despite the presence of the great Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, I was afraid that the series might be too safe and too saccharine. Somehow, I just feel like older characters receive very little respect in mainstream entertainment. They are either cutesy or curmudgeonly (but still lovable) with little real world nuance or dimension. A lot of recent movie hits featuring an older cast (Quartet, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) have been pleasant escapism, but didn't really hold any surprises. And as this six part series began, I still wasn't convinced. Early episodes are indeed amusing and romantic. But as the six episodes progress, the scope of the show expands to include a larger cast. What's funny is that Jacobi and Reid might be the sanest of the bunch, it is their children that have real issues.

Season One of "Last Tango in Halifax" achieved noteworthy ratings in its premiere run and has been commissioned for a second season. The show also scored with major critics groups and won a BAFTA for Best Drama Series and Best Writing for Sally Wainwright. Leads Reid and Jacobi both picked up acting nominations as did Sarah Lancashire in the Supporting category. I think that the reason the show has been embraced with such enthusiasm is that it does thwart expectations. The romance is handled sweetly but not condescendingly. The plot twists are bold and almost farcical and yet oddly believable as well. In only six episodes, you really feel like you go on a journey with this clan.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By hypocritebuster on September 14, 2013
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I just saw the first episode on PBS affiliate GPB Georgia. It was fantastic! I became a fan of Derek Jacobi during the Brother Cadfael series years ago. He's every bit as good now in a totally different role. The other cast members are excellent and the multiple plot lines interesting, to say the least. This new series should be thoroughly engaging, judging by the first episode. I can hardly wait a week to see the next one. I will definitely buy the DVD if my expectations are realized.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lenore Ralston on October 26, 2013
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Last Tango in Halifax is one of the most charming romantic comedies I have seen. I am smitten; Bravo Sally Wainright! It took me a bit to determine why. My answer: the six episodes are full to bursting with tender moments - every possible combination of a better foot forward, an open heart, a kind exchange - despite the messy, dysfunctional underlying storylines which provide humor and poignancy as a vast display of human being-ness is made available to us by Sally Wainright, writer and creator.

Sarah Lawrence as Caroline knocked my socks off with her acting - what a range. She delivers a performance right up there with the usually stand-alone Meryl Streep. She is so convincing in her scenes with Nina Sosanya it is hard to believe she doesn't swing both ways. She conveys aching vulnerability, delicious humor, imperious self-confidence, and a devastating sadness - through her eyes, her body language, her voice inflections. When her mother rejects her when she announces her love for Kate, the pain she conveys is breath taking. Sarah is warm, funny, sad, sexy, upper class, lower class, exhausted, frisky, academic - she brings it all.

The rest of the cast is of the same excellent caliber - perhaps with fewer fabulous speeches (Sarah has a plum part in Series 1). Gillian is wonderful. She, too, has an acting range that evokes compassion, humor, and a very believable down-to-earth element as she pulls the clutch on a jeep or hoists hay for her sheep (although one has to wonder how she got off on such a wrong path with a father like Derek Jacobi).

Perhaps the most challenging character is the one played by Anne Reid as Celia. Celia's internalized bitterness and bigotry actually turn her character into an unrecognizably ugly person.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on October 2, 2013
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Review for early episodes: As another reviewer said, a good show leaves you longing for the next episode. Well, I can't wait! Love this show, my favorite on PBS since Downton Abbey! I concur with much of the K. Harris review, but will add a few wrinkles of my own. First of all, this show is honest. People are flawed, life is complicated, and no one is one-dimensional. The writing is sublime. The acting is wonderful, of course, starting with Reid and Jacobi. I'm in love with them! Who can resist their joy in finding each other after so many years? Reid's character has something of a bitter edge, but Jacobi's character accepts her unconditionally and tenderly. I loved their spirited discussions of religion and politics, while always knowing that their love is bigger than their differences. Their daughters are a mess, but such an intriguing mess! Their layered performances and changing relationships with each other, as well as other characters, are complex and fascinating. Perhaps best of all, there are many moments of surprising black comedy that often make me laugh out loud, but may have eluded or offended some viewers. To me, it's a big part of what makes this show so special and unsentimental. My friend is as hooked as I am. So if you like lots of flavors in your viewing, with a big heart at the center, give this one a chance.

Edited 10/17/2013. Whoa, this show went haywire in the last two episodes of the season. My friend, who saw them separately, felt the same. (The episode prior was our favorite, after which I wrote the above review.) Trying to do too much, seem too hip, what? Sour, dark, and unlikeable is not the same as quirky, edgy, but warm . It's like all the plot lines went over some kind of line at the same time, and I found myself tensing in discomfort instead of laughing in empathy and delight. Hope they get back on track again next season, or it's ruined for me. 4 Stars because the rest of the episodes are so delightful.
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