The folks “across the pond” at BBC One have ordered a third series (or season as we know them in the US) for the acclaimed and award-winning drama Last Tango in Halifax before the second series finale that was to air on Christmas Eve in the UK.
The series, from RED Production Company and Sally Wainwright, the creator, writer and executive producer, focuses on Celia Dawson (Anne Reid from ‘Upstairs/ Downstairs’) and Alan Buttershaw (legendary actor Sir Derek Jacobi), who as teenagers in the 1950′s fell for each other without ever expressing their feelings but now in their seventies and both widowed they meet through Facebook and rediscover they still have passionate feelings for each other. This romance happens much to the chagrin of their grown daughters; Alan’s daughter Gillian and Celia’s daughter Caroline.
Executive producer Wainwright had this to say about the renewal, “I’m so happy we’ve got a third series, it’s so exciting to be able to take these characters further and to find out loads more stuff about them. What’s so great about writing for characters like Celia and Alan is that there is a wealth of back story to explore. Series three will be a whole new emotional ball game”.
While ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ has only aired its first season here in the United States on PBS, the second season (series) pulled in an impressive average of 7.2 million during its six-episode run on BBC One.
The series has won numerous awards, including two BAFTA Awards (think of these as the British version of the Emmy’s) for Best Drama Series and Best Writer as well as three RTS (Royal Television Society) North West Awards.
The third season (series) of ‘Last Tango in Halifax will go into production this year with a broadcast planned for later in the year.