Last Tango in Halifax: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
Last Tango in Halifax

Critics Consensus

Charming and sweet, Last Tango in Halifax is a moving comedy-drama that delights as it touches hearts of all ages, boasting marvelous performances by its leading actors.



Critic Ratings: 16


Audience Score

User Ratings: 68
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Air date: Sep 8, 2013
Air date: Sep 15, 2013
Air date: Sep 22, 2013
Air date: Sep 29, 2013
Air date: Oct 6, 2013
Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Tv Season Info

Follow the story of Alan and Celia, who are reunited 60 years after a teenage tryst, only to find themselves falling for each other all over again. But 60 years is a long time to accumulate baggage, and making sure Alan's daughter Gillian and Celia's daughter Caroline get on is going to be hard work!

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Critic Reviews for Last Tango in Halifax Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

Sweet and dear. It's more sweet than sexy, more dear than exciting. Yet the British import Last Tango in Halifax is an absorbing, sometimes surprising tale of late-in-life romance marked by stunning performances.

Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…

It's a sweet, touching story, a little pokey at first, but increasingly involving.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Not least of all, it's about portraying older people on TV without patronizing or ridiculing them.

Sep 6, 2013 | Full Review…

As Shakespeare knew, there's something deeply appealing about the possibility of true love being one day realised, even so greyishly late that the wedding becomes a race against the funeral.

Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…

The tender wrap-up will leave the waterworks flushed and refreshed.

Dec 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The best option for fans of these sorts of humanely drawn series is undoubtedly PBS's Last Tango in Halifax, a charming comedy-drama about finding new love late in life and all the complications that come with any coupling.

Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…

[It's] the kind of suspense usually reserved for characters with unlined faces and less baggage. These two have earned theirs.

Sep 6, 2013 | Full Review…

There are passages when Last Tango in Halifax appears to consist of little else [than] animosities and ancient grudges melting away with every clinch. And there'll be a lot more hugging before it's over.

Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid appear to be enjoying themselves immensely as former childhood sweethearts who reconnect via Facebook.

Jan 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What makes Last Tango watchable... is another distinguishing feature, a crackerjack cast headlined by Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as the doughty lovebirds Alan and Celia.

Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…

It has a sweetness to it that could warm the cockles of even cold American hearts.

Sep 16, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best new show of the fall.

Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Last Tango in Halifax: Season 1

  • Dec 30, 2016
    Top notch acting from Derek Jacobi Sarah Lancashire, and Nicola Walker
  • Nov 08, 2015
    I didn't know a drama series could be this exciting. It's cozy, but progressive and clever. It captures the moods and emotions of the characters incredibly well, and so realistically, while still managing to make big surprising leaps.
  • Oct 28, 2014
    Best family drama that I can think of.
  • Sep 24, 2014
    The first episode itself captivates you as soon as the lead protagonists meet for the first time after over 60 years. Very rarely do you see such insightful and delightful stories involving septuagenarians. It has both its thrilling and heartwarming moments, right from the beginning. It has a lot of heart, and the first episode itself draws me into their lives; it was the same way I felt about Downton Abbey. And as Downton, it has a mesmerizing and entrancing opening score which sets the appropriate and stirring mood for the episodes. The things people wonder about, remain angry or sad about, imagining the reason behind certain events... all those things are treated quite beautifully in the series. Over the episodes, the lead couple and close kin go through many ups and downs, much like normal life. The supporting characters, mainly the close kin of the lead couple, form quite intriguing and fascinating characters. The way our lives and actions affect the people close to us, and vice-versa, is shown masterfully in this season. I liked how they handled the realization of Caroline's new exploration of sexuality (in her middle ages, after her divorce), and how her family reacts to it. The acting by the entire cast, especially the 70-something leads, Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, and Sarah Lancashire, is top notch. The screenplay and editing is brilliant, the appropriate timings of events and reactions draws you into the lives of these intriguing characters. Quite an unusual and delightful romantic drama.
  • Nov 24, 2013
    With a bleak but effectively used backdrop of Nova Scotia, Halifax, this film is a wonder. The everyday types of characters are so well fleshed out that I felt that I have known one or all of them at one time or another in my life, the good ones, the bad ones and the ugly ones. It is definitely a superb example of all aspects that makes movie viewing worthwhile. The director, actors, writers, production set all come together in a way seldom seen, lightning in a bottle it is. Alternatively sad, gritty, charming, humorous, witty, moody and melodramatic, it can only be described by me as thoroughly memorable and entertaining. As I own the DVD collection, I intend to give the series a repeat viewing. Believe me when I say, this film is a sure-fire winner!

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