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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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disc one was completely damaged. I'm angry. I want a truly 'complete season two!'Published 4 days ago by mary la mattery
i wanted to like this. i tried to like this. the first 3 episodes were very good. somehow, it managed to get stupid in a hurry, despite the best efforts of a stellar cast. Read morePublished 8 days ago by majormulatto
Great performances, clever script, complex characters. Plot sometimes takes more than improbably leaps, but they are entirely excusable. Real pleasure to watch.Published 27 days ago by Nick Rabkin
We purchase and watch these because the broadcasts are either too slow, erratic or nonexistent.Published 1 month ago by Scott M. Kruse