Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Last Tango in Halifax

Alright, I realize that Last Tango in Halifax does not qualify as Period Drama, however this is my blog and I am really enjoying watching this on Netflix this winter. In fact this is one of the few things that can keep me on my stationary bike for a full hour!

Written by Yorkshire lass Sally Wainwright, this series is based on her mother's story of losing touch with a high school sweetheart and the romance which happens after finding him on the internet decades later. Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid are both acting royalty in England and do an amazing job as the septuagenarian lovers.

Wainwright has a talent for dialogue which makes the relationships alternately touching, hilarious or heartbreaking. There never seems to be a false note, no matter how unbelievable the situation.

Sarah Lancashire plays the snooty lesbian headmistress daughter of Celia (Anne Reid) and Nicola Walker plays the "modern Bathsheba" Gillian, an oversexed sheep farmer and daughter of Alan (Derek Jacobi). Obviously there are some fireworks when these two worlds collide, thanks to Alan and Celia's developing relationship.

And if you get addicted to Sally Wainwright's work like I have, you'll be happy to know that she has two other wonderful series currently on Netflix- Scott and Bailey, a detective drama series with three women in the main roles. How refreshing to see entire scenes played out in the WOMEN'S LOO!

If you like your crime drama even grittier, Happy Valley is Wainwright's ironically named latest series starring Sarah Lancashire (again!) as a gritty police Sergeant in Yorkshire. More dramatic and fewer moments of levity made this one a harder slog for me but if you want to see James Norton (the sexy vicar from Granchester) as a criminal who will make your flesh crawl, this one is for you!

And FYI, although there are only two seasons of Last Tango in Halifax on Netflix at the moment, a third season has already aired in the UK and a fourth season has been announced. Hurrah!



  1. Last Tango in Halifax is also on Amazon Prime (in the UK, at least).

  2. Happy Valley is in my Netflix Queue, I have yet to watch. All the other shows mentioned I love. Scott and Bailey is brilliant and Grantchester is my new addiction. I had no idea that Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey and Last Tango were written by the same person... it all makes sense now.

  3. This post makes me smile because I have bought Series 1, 2 and 3 of Last Tango in Halifax box set and Happy Valley DVD this week. I too am a big fan of Sally Wainwright's work. Happy Valley is very gritty but that's what I like about it, it's different. I love Sarah Lancashire in both of these dramas. She is a fantastic actress. I love Last Tango. The entire cast are fab. Celia is not kind to anyone and Alan is lovely. It can make me smile and cry all at the same time. Wonderful!

    James Norton is also a brilliant actor who can scare me one minute (Tommy) then make me fall in love with him the next. (Sidney) I have never watched Scott and Bailey but my mum loves it.

    Sarah Lancashire won a BAFTA last year for playing Caroline in Last Tango. So well deserved! Hope you enjoy watching Last Tango Series 3 and Happy Valley Series 2 when they come to Canada.

    Love Kate Gorman xx

  4. Does anyone know when Last Tango Season 3 will be on Netflix Canada?

  5. I love Scott and Bailey. I don't want to end! xx

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  7. Do you know when season 3 will be on Netflix?

  8. Do you know when season 3 will be on Netflix?

  9. Do you know when season 3 will be on Netflix?

    1. Hi Terri Ann. If you are in the US, PBS has it on their website for streaming. If not, I will keep an eye out for it on Netflix. Not there yet. PS- By the way, I watched Season 3 when it came on PBS in Canada. It was awesome!




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