It’s been revealed today that filming has begun on the second series of hit BBC drama, Last Tango in Halifax.
All the stars of the first series, including of course Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi – who play the roles of childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia – are back for the second run, and the drama’s writer, Sally Wainwright, promised that in the second outing, we’ll see “even more dramatic twists…”
However, she added that Alan and Celia’s story would still be “the beating heart of the series”.
When it was announced that the show had been recommissioned, Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said, “The brilliant scripts, characters and stories told in Last Tango in Halifax have been so affectionately received by the British public that we couldn’t resist a second series.
“The wonderful cast bring Sally’s extraordinary evocation of family life together with real originality and warmth and I for one can’t wait to see what happens in series two!”
Nicola Shindler of Red Production Company added, “We’re simply delighted! I’ve been overwhelmed by the audiences reaction to Last Tango in Halifax.
“With such great characters and fantastic scripts there are so many stories still to tell and we can’t wait to get started in series two.”
The drama is directly based on Wainwright’s personal experiences, and more specifically, on those of her mother, Dorothy, who had lost contact with a childhood friend called Alec Walker when she was 15 years old, but she reconnected with him on Friends Reunited some sixty years later.
Within six months of meeting again, the two were married. Sally revealed that the relationship between her mother and Alec was “so beautiful and uplifting” that it inspired her to document it…
When she relayed the story to her colleague Nicola Shindler, she suggested that Wainwright adapt the tale for television, and of course, when Sally presented the concept to the BBC it, “sold instantly”.
Are you looking forward to the second series? I can’t wait!
Here’s a reminder of the show…