The second series of BAFTA-winning BBC One romantic drama Last Tango In Halifax
will be back on TV screens next month.
Made by Red Production Company
and once again comprising six episodes written by Sally Wainwright
, it will see Derek Jacobi
and Anne Reid
returning as the love-struck septuagenarians Alan Buttershaw and Celia Dawson, who rediscover their love for each other 60 years after they first met.
Series one, which aired between 20th November and 19th December 2012, was the BBC's highest-rating new mid-week drama of 2012, regularly attracting more than seven million viewers.
Also starring in it are Sarah Lancashire
as Celia's daughter Caroline Elliot and Nicola Walker
as Alan's daughter Gillian Greenwood, plus Nina Sosanya
as Caroline's lover Kate and Tony Gardner
and Ronnie Ancona
as, respectively, Caroline's husband John and John's lover Judith.
The first episode of the new series is currently unplaced in the BBC One schedule for Saturday 16th to Friday 22nd November
We pick up from where we left off with Alan regaining consciousness from his heart scare, much to Celia's relief and delight. She promises to never fall out with him again and, reflecting that life's too short, they decide to get married - in just a fortnight's time.
Things between Caroline and John become fractious when Caroline returns home to find John and Judith drunk and in her bed. To retaliate, she invites Kate to move in - she won't be made a gooseberry in her own home. And finding out that he slept with Gillian adds to her disdain.
Gillian and Alan's relationship takes a hit when he finds out she's slept with John. It's one disappointment after another. In the heat of the moment he reveals to Celia that Gillian had an abortion when she was 15. Two weeks later, Gillian finds the register office card with a reminder of the wedding date and it's today! Why hasn't she been invited? Gillian grabs her keys, but can she get there in time?
Directed by Euros Lyn
, filming took place over the summer across the north of England, and Wainwright said:
The inspiration for Last Tango in Halifax was deeply personal so I am delighted that it also resonated with so many viewers – both young and old. The second series will bring even more dramatic twists, trials, and tribulations for the characters, with Alan and Celia's love story continuing to be the beating heart of the series.Nicola Shindler
, the executive producer and founder of Red Production Company, commented;
When we started developing Last Tango in Halifax we wanted to make a love story first and foremost. The audience instantly warmed to the simple and sincere affection between Alan and Celia, which endured despite the dramatic events that transpired around them. Series two promises even more ups and downs, putting even the strongest bonds to the test.
The first series won the Best Drama Series
award at this year's TV BAFTAs, and Wainwright was named Best Drama Writer
at the 2013 British Academy Television Craft Awards.UPDATE - 11th NOVEMBER:
The new series will start on Tuesday 19th November
, the BBC has confirmed.