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"Last Tango in Halifax" premier Sunday on PBS


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:40 PM

The LA Times reviewer says:
 

The best new show of the fall is a rapturous mix of absurdly fairy-tale-romance and frantic modern complications, set in the sylvan drear of Yorkshire and brought to life by masterfully shaded performances.

 

“Last Tango in Halifax ” tells the story of a widow and a widower who reconnect via Facebook and quickly rekindle a romance that never quite happened. But time, and her grim attendant's age and infirmity, are not the only obstacles this new/old love must face.

 

Alan (Derek Jacobi) lives with his daughter, Gillian (Nicola Walker), and his grandson, Raff (Josh Bolt), on a sheep farm James Herriot might have serviced. His early love, Celia (Anne Reid) is part of  a very different sort of life (i.e. class.). Celia also lives with her daughter, but Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) is, in addition to mothering two sons,  the fiercely ambitious head of a prestigious private school.

 

If it interests you at all, I recommend reading the full review. It premiers Sunday on PBS  (8 pm Eastern/Pacific)

 

From the PBS website:

 

From award-winning writer Sally Wainwright comes this uplifiting comedy drama about romance and second chances. Full of zesty humor, great characters and glorious dialogue, it’s about timeless love in a very modern setting.

 

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. As their lives collide for a second time, the couple lament over what might have been as they take us on a life-affirming journey of what can still happen.

 

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.

 

Alan and Celia both have daughters, whose dysfunctional lives bring drama at every turn. Celia’s daughter Caroline, a career-focused head teacher, is worried that her mum is rushing into things with Alan. But with her adulterous husband John back on the scene having left his alcoholic mistress Judith, and with relationship issues of her own, she’s happy to let things run their course.

 

Chaotic, independent Gillian works hard on the family farm as well as in the local supermarket. Impetuous in her relationships, she’s currently dealing with the advances of her younger lover Paul and the accusations of her brother-in-law Robbie, who’s convinced she was involved in the death of her husband.

 

Neither daughter would ever dream of getting in the way of their parents’ happiness. But somehow they just can’t help themselves.

 

Here's the preview

 

 

(direct Youtube link www.youtube.com/watch?v=3df_OMT1ogU


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#2 OFFLINE   oldschoolecw

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:03 AM

It looks really good


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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:47 AM

I found the first episode and gave it a look.  It was a little difficult to pull together recognition of all the characters at first, but by the end of the episode, it was much easier.  There wasn't much expository dialogue so you had to figure things out in context and, while it takes more thought, I rather prefer it that way.

 

This is evidently a 6-episode series and I look forward to the rest.  I'm pretty sure I'll have watched them all before the week is out.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 12:10 PM

I only see one in the guide. If they show the rest I will watch them.


Ps I just saw them listed so the guide info must be wrong.

Edited by yosoyellobo, 07 September 2013 - 12:13 PM.


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Posted 07 September 2013 - 12:17 PM

It will be aired in the US on PBS over the next six Sundays. It was aired in Britain by the BBC last November-December. It can be "found" on the internet.


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:32 PM

I'm halfway through the series.  This is good stuff.



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:03 PM

Well, we just finished watching the season finale - one of the few shows we watch what ratings call live+same day - and we agree with the LA Times review quoted in the first post. Season one was "best new show of the fall."


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 10:21 AM

A wonderful show. Looking forward to season two. It appears that the show was base on a true story.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:07 PM

It will be aired in the US on PBS over the next six Sundays. It was aired in Britain by the BBC last November-December. It can be "found" on the internet.

 

Had a hard time finding it.  Had to use the search function, but I found it and set it to record.  Thanx for the tip.

 

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 03:14 PM

If you have PBS Roku channel, all episodes are available.  


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:31 AM

Bumping this thread up because the premier for the new season is this Sunday.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:06 PM

Love this show.




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