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Sweet comedy 'Last Tango in Halifax' finally on PBS (VIDEO)

By April Neale May 14, 2013, 20:51 GMT

Sweet comedy 'Last Tango in Halifax' finally on PBS (VIDEO)

Love is lovelier the second time around: Derek Jacobi is cast as Alan and Anne Reid as Celia, and together they reunite in an uplifting comedy/drama about romance and new love late in life.

Tune in alert for "Last Tango in Halifax" which premieres on PBS on Sunday, September 8th.

Love is lovelier the second time around: Derek Jacobi is cast as Alan and Anne Reid as Celia, and together they reunite in an uplifting comedy/drama about romance and new love late in life.

Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the internet after nearly 60 years. As their lives collide for a second time, the couple laments what might have been as they take audiences on a life-affirming journey together.

From PBS

"Tango" completed its first season in the UK in late 2012. The premiere ranked within BBC One’s top 10 highest-rated drama series in 2012, attracting 7.3 million viewers. The six-part series will premiere Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS, leading into the finale of the MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! courtroom drama “Silk,” as part of PBS’ continuing Sunday nights of drama. Additionally, PBS’ hit show CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 3) will premiere in 2014.

BBC Worldwide North America Sales & Distribution and PBS announced today the sale to PBS of the first season of the critically acclaimed British drama LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX and the third season of the award-winning BBC hit CALL THE MIDWIFE.

Last Tango in Halifax will premiere Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. ET, leading into the finale of the MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! courtroom drama “Silk,” as part of PBS’ continuing Sunday nights of drama. CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 3) will premiere in 2014.

Written by Sally Wainwright (“Scott and Bailey,” “Unforgiven,” “At Home With the Braithwaites”) and directed by Euros Lynn (“Black Mirror,” “Sherlock”) and Sam Donovan (“Skins,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”), LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX completed its first season in the UK in late 2012. The premiere ranked within BBC One’s top 10 highest-rated drama series in 2012, attracting 7.3 million viewers. A second series has been commissioned in the UK. A Red Production for the BBC, LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX is produced by Karen Lewis and Nicola Shindler, with Sally Wainwright and Matthew Read as the executive producers.

Matt Forde, EVP Sales and Co-productions, BBC Worldwide, said, “LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX is an uplifting series that will challenge and captivate the PBS audience. It’s a terrific complement to an all new series of CALL THE MIDWIFE.”

“I fell in love with ‘Last Tango’ and its stars from the moment I saw it,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “And love and family and all the complications that come with it are at the heart of this warm comedy-drama. We’re pleased to add this new series and to continue our partnership on CALL THE MIDWIFE, solidifying Sunday nights as our highest-rated night of the week.” Season-to-date, PBS ratings for Sundays are up 26 percent. [1]

LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX stars Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, “The Borgias,” My Week With Marilyn) as Alan, Anne Reid (“Upstairs, Downstairs,” “Marchlands”) as Celia, Sarah Lancashire (“Five Daughters,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Inspector George Gently”) as Caroline, Nicola Walker (“Inside Men,” “Spooks,” “Being Human”) as Gillian, Tony Gardner (“Fresh Meat,” “My Parents Are Aliens”) as John, Dean Andrews (“Life On Mars,” “Ashes To Ashes,” “Marchlands”) as Robbie, Nina Sosanya (“Silk,” “Five Days,” “Hustle”) as Kate, Ronni Ancona (“Skins,” “Big Impression”) as Judith and Josh Bolt (“Shameless,” Nowhere Boy) as Raff.

The six-part series is an uplifting comedy/drama about romance and second chances. Full of zesty humor, great characters and glorious dialogue, it’s about timeless love in a modern setting.

Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the internet after nearly 60 years. As their lives collide for a second time, the couple laments what might have been as they take audiences on a life-affirming journey together. While their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age, it is also a story about family and the complications the relationship causes, especially for their grown daughters.

CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 3) brings viewers back to East London, now in 1959 and the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.

CALL THE MIDWIFE stars Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee, along with Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris (“Little Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”) as Sister Evangelina, Miranda Hart (“Miranda”) as Chummy, Judy Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl With a Pearl Earring) as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as Trixie Franklin, Bryony Hannah (Cemetery Junction) as Cynthia Miller, Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Sister Bernadette and Cliff Parisi (“East Enders”) as Fred. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jennifer. CALL THE MIDWIFE is a Neal Street production for BBC, executive produced by Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, “The Hollow Crown”) and Heidi Thomas. The series is produced by Hugh Warren (“Survivors”).

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