Last Tango in Halifax

Last Tango in Halifax

[Series 1]

DVD - 2013
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Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited on the internet after nearly 60 years. Their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age. But this is also a story about family, and with family comes baggage. Celia's respectable, head teacher daughter Caroline is juggling bringing up two boys and dealing with her husband's infidelity.
Publisher: [London] : BBC Worldwide Ltd. ; [Burbank, CA] : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC LAS v. 1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 336 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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ArapahoeChristineS Oct 04, 2020

With lots of humorous moments, this series tackles heavy subjects with a lightness that makes it compulsively watchable.

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Born2Weed
Sep 17, 2019

Interesting story about resuming young love after a 60 year intermission, but their families have lots of personal and interpersonal issues. Well-acted by many in the cast with some funny moments amongst all the angst.

If it was watched as a weekly TV show, perhaps the characters' low morals and periodic swearing wouldn't be so evident. You might watch it to vicariously "enjoy" the problems of these fictional folks and be glad that your family isn't so dysfunctional. A common thread seems to be the benefits of families having a decent, engaged husband/father (and the effects of not having one).

When it is watched from DVDs (or streamed) in a more compact time window, the moral toxicity of the characters, dialog and storylines (i.e., the writing) builds up- like mercury from eating too much canned tuna too often. After watching three episodes in two nights, that was too much for me and it's permanently off my "watch list." I wanted to like it, but I can't recommend it.

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tenet
Sep 13, 2018

Rated 7/10. Enjoyable drama, with bits of comedy thrown in. This is a series that takes place in England, not Canada, which I mistakenly originally thought.

You get wrapped up in the lives of the various characters, with their unfolding stories. Good acting.

From what I can see, there is a series 2, 3, and a holiday special. I will see if I can keep interested with subsequent episodes.

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Oliviea
Aug 02, 2017

Excellent show. Interesting, down to earth, and hilarious. You can see this happening with someone you know. And I love family dramas that aren't my family, so when I look at mine I think they aren't that bad :)

Enjoy the honest dialogue in this well-written script. Enjoy the usual fine acting (performed by every cast member) that you expect from a first-rate BBC series. I particularly enjoyed the performances of Sarah Lancashire (Caroline) and Derek Jacobi (Alan), who proves his dramatic mastery once again. This very entertaining adult fairy tale happily omits the anguish of poverty so you can vicariously escape into the lives of these fictional characters who deal with many emotional difficulties but who never worry about where their next meal is coming from. This series really shines when the characters keep going in spite of difficult emotional situations. The unimaginable highs and lows presented are given the time to be dealt with patiently. As one character says, "It takes time to adjust." Human foibles are presented honestly, and at times a character's reaction is hard to watch because you want that character to behave better. We are human and limited by our humanity but also inspired by our humanity. This series ended at the right time on the right note at series 3 - no need for a series 4.

Bunny_Watson716 Mar 15, 2016

I have just started watching this - great acting and writing, good, complex characters. Boil the kettle and get stuck in for some quality British TV!

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dakotarocket
Nov 07, 2015

english tv...very enjoyable series...there are now 3 seasons out on dvd

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Sep 16, 2015

Very enjoyable, well-written, clever, and nostalgic. LTIH's characters possess real emotions, needs, and feelings. Doesn't shy away from difficult subjects like ageism, prejudice, and family dysfunction. Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid are fantastic, and the supporting cast, especially Nicola Walker, are stellar. Some humorous moments keep things light, but still substantive. Can't wait to watch series 2!

wisteriagirl Jan 17, 2015

This is a wonderful show. I have seen series 1 and 2. Both series were a joy to watch.

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Monolith
Dec 29, 2014

I found this heartwarming whirlwind romance of two lonely elderly souls (reignited after several decades, and tested with the trials of family dysfunction and melodrama) to be endearing, uplifting, and true to life. I truly have yet to complain about a BBC miniseries production. They're always SPOT ON. On to the next. FIVE STARS.

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