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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DC5K2J4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,866 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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Holly B on July 15, 2014
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I absolutely love this show! I kept seeing it in lists of BBC series that were available to watch. I'm not sure why it took me a while to decide to view it, but I'm glad I finally did. The acting is, of course, superb. (I mean, look at the primary cast: Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Nicola Walker, Sarah Lancashire.) The characters are complex: they all have good qualities to recommend them, but they each commit acts of cruelty and then redeem themselves with kindness. The ones that seem a hot mess are, in some ways, much more together than the ones that appear to have their lives figured out.

The scenery adds further appeal. The story takes place between Halifax and Harrogate. Viewers are treated to country views - complete with sheep bouncing about along the sides of the road - as well as scenes in town. (It's not actually filmed in Harrogate; Altrincham stands in as a substitute.) Trips back and forth between the two locations are not merely incidental to the plot, and I find myself looking forward to the regular road trips.

One downside is that it does get a bit "soapy" at times. I think it's hard to avoid this when the plot is centered around the colliding relationships among very different people who are thrust together suddenly. I think it's forgivable. In the end, the overall charm trumps the occasional over-the-top moments.

I highly recommend "Last Tango." This isn't one of those shows you have to warm up to. Most people will know whether they're hooked after the first episode. So, if you're at all drawn to it, it's worth giving it an hour. But be forewarned: you probably won't be able to stop.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Holland on August 3, 2014
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This is an addicting TV series. It starts out simply, with the romantic reconnection of two seniors. Slowly, we are introduced to their dysfunctional families, who realistically start interacting with one another. In almost every episode, a new and horrifyingly tragicomic situation is revealed. Complications and new characters expand the family and siuations each week. I am enjoying this very much, and can 't wait to see where they go next.
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28 of 30 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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