Review: Last Tango in Halifax, BBC1

First published in Reviews Preston and Leyland Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Features editor

IF the number of comments in the office are a way of measuring the impact of a programme on the viewing public then it would seem that you can forget X Factor or I’m A Celebrity.

No, the programme of the moment has to be the new Tuesday night series from the Beeb, Last Tango in Halifax.

It is one of those offerings which really shouldn’t work. The story of two ‘golden oldies’ rediscovering their lost love much to their relatives’ horror is so syrupy, so predictable and just so cheesy it could almost be shown on the food channel.

In fact, it’s amazing it’s not being shown on the Sunday night cosy slot previously occupied by Last of the Summer Wine. But what saves it, and saves it spectacularly are the two lead characters played by Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi.

They show that no matter how flimsy a script, how obvious a plotline, when true talent is brought to bear, it is that which shines through.

Jacobi has long been one of our greatest actors and he certainly doesn’t disappoint with his wonderfully gentle portrayal of a man finding happiness. The whole show appears to be a retirement plan for former Coronation Street stars with Anne Reid and Sarah Lancashire promnent in the cast.

Last Tango in Halifax proves that drama doesn’t have to be edgy or cutting edge to work — but it does need quality actors pull it off.

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4:45pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Izanears says...

It certainly has a quality cast, but oh, how twee the story line. They deserve better.
It certainly has a quality cast, but oh, how twee the story line. They deserve better. Izanears
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5:34pm Fri 30 Nov 12

mavrick says...

I have to say it is compulsive viewing, It has shown Sarah Lancashire is a quality actress, The rest of the cast are quality or it would be a disaster. I am not sure if it is a poor script or a stroke of genius. whatever it is entertaining.
I have to say it is compulsive viewing, It has shown Sarah Lancashire is a quality actress, The rest of the cast are quality or it would be a disaster. I am not sure if it is a poor script or a stroke of genius. whatever it is entertaining. mavrick
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