Interview with Last Tango in Halifax writer Sally Wainwright


Writer Sally Wainwright describes the real-life events in her own family that inspired her to write BAFTA award winning Last Tango in Halifax.

‘Last Tango in Halifax’ preview: New pics and story hints for fifth season 

The first photos have been released from the new season of Last Tango in Halifax. Created by Gentleman Jack writer

The first photos have been released from the new season of Last Tango in Halifax.

Created by Gentleman Jack writer Sally Wainwright, the BBC’s family comedy-drama series first aired seven years ago.

Last Tango tells the story of former childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia (Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid), who reunite in their seventies.

Four brand new hour-long episodes recently began filming in England, with all the main cast returning to reprise their roles, alongside Timothy West as Alan’s brother Ted.

The official story synopsis for Season 5 reads: “Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid) are now seven years into their marriage but, having moved into a desirable bungalow with stunning views across the Calder Valley, they aren’t quite seeing eye to eye.

“It isn’t just their differing politics that’s a source of tension; Alan’s new supermarket job brings an unexpected challenge in the form of a wild local lad, and at Far Slack Farm, Gillian (Nicola Walker) faces trouble with a giraffe.

“Meanwhile John (Tony Gardner) is back on the scene, and Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) finds herself entangled in an emotional debacle with someone at work.

“Into all of this jets Alan’s brother Ted (Timothy West) on holiday from New Zealand. But it turns out he’s only bought a one-way ticket… and he hasn’t come alone.”

The show’s creator and writer Sally Wainwright commented: “Yet again the entire Last Tango cast has proved to be so wonderful together, so uplifting, heart-warming, touching and funny, as they explore Celia and Alan’s relationship further, under the brilliant breath of fresh air that Gareth Bryn’s direction has given them.”

The new season of Last Tango will air early next year on BBC One in the UK.

Source: ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ preview: New pics and story hints for fifth season – British Period Dramas