Last Tango in Halifax Archive

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2017 BAFTA TV Awards

Nominations for the 2017 BAFTA TV Awards were announced on 11 April 2017. Nicola made it to the shortlist for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Last Tango in Halifax (Christmas Special). The other ladies in her category included :

  • WUNMI MOSAKU for Damilola, Our Loved Boy
  • SIOBHAN FINNERAN for Happy Valley and
  • VANESSA KIRBY for The Crown
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    The awards were handed out in a ceremony held on 14 May 2017 at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Nicola didn’t win in her category. See the full list of winners HERE.

    To be eligible for the 2017 BAFTA TV Awards, a show should have been broadcast in the UK between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016. This means that Unforgotten Series 2 was excluded from the 2017 nominations but will be eligible for the 2018 nominations. We have high hopes for Nicola in the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards.

    Sarah Lancashire won in her category, Best Leading Actress, for her work in Happy Valley Series 2. She is such a Nicola Walker fan. In her acceptance speech, she thanked Nicola even though Nicola was not in the cast for Happy Valley!

     

    You may recall that in her acceptance speech when she won Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for Last Tango in Halifax, Sarah thanked Nicola three times!

    Nicola’s plus one at the awards ceremony was her husband, Barnaby Kay. They may such a good looking couple!


     

    (The above two screencaps courtesy of @theoofoof and @AnnDee2013 via Twitter)

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    Last Tango in Halifax Series 4

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    UK transmission date :

    After waiting for almost two years, finally!!!

    Monday, 19 December 2016, 9pm BBC One
    Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 9pm BBC One

    Back in February 2015 …

    First the good news, YES there will be a series 4. After Episode 6 of Series 3 was aired in the UK on 1 February 2015, an announcement was made at the end of the programme to the effect that “Last Tango in Halifax will return with a new series“, AND the BBC logged this tweet :

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    And now, for the bad news : Series 4 won’t be on screen until late 2016, at the earliest! Various sources have confirmed this. Read more in our Last Tango in Halifax FAQ.

    Series 4 may well turn out to be a movie rather than a series with 6 episodes. On 29.11.2014, we saw on Twitter that Sally Wainwright gave a talk to the Overgate Hospice in Calderdale during which she revealed that Last Tango in Halifax might be made into a film. How exciting. Nicola on the big screen. Yes!!! At the end of the day, whether Series 4 will have six episodes or one long movie is up to Sally Wainwright and the BBC. It will also depend on the respective schedules of the lead actors/actresses.

    For our coverage on Series 3 of this show, go HERE.
    For our coverage on Series 2 of this show, go HERE.
    For our coverage on Series 1 of this show, go HERE.

    Table of Contents

    Main Cast and other production details

    Production News / Cast Tweets / Updates

    Production Pics

    Press Coverage : Articles/interviews available online | Press Articles Gallery | Radio interview transcripts

    Trailers | Episode Guides | Reviews and Ratings

    Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

    Fun Stuff – Script download, Fun Facts

    Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

    Order from Amazon UK

    You can order the show’s DVD box sets (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK. Purchases made through these links will help us raise money for Nicola’s charity, the MS Society of the UK.

     


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    19th Annual Satellite Awards (2015)

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    CONGRATULATIONS to Nicola!

    Nicola has received a nomination in the 2014 Satellite Awards, in the category of Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for her work on Last Tango in Halifax. Please scroll down the page to get to Nicola’s category.

    We believe the nomination is for Nicola’s work on Series 1 of this show. No other cast member from the show managed to score a nomination for these awards.

    Winners will be announced in Los Angeles on 15 February 2015. It is unlikely that Nicola will attend the presentation ceremony, whether or not she will win, because she will be appearing on stage at the Wyndham Theatre for A View from the Bridge.

    The Satellite Awards are annual awards voted on and awarded by the International Press Academy.

    The International Press Academy (IPA) is an entertainment media association with voting members worldwide who represent domestic and foreign markets via print, television, radio, blogs, and other content platforms for virtually every notable outlet.

    Many thanks to members of the Academy who voted to get Nicola on the shortlist in her category.

    The other nominees in Nicola’s category are :

    Nominee Show Studio
    Ann Dowd The Leftovers HBO
    Allison Tolman Fargo FX
    Michelle Monaghan True Detective HBO
    Sarah Paulson American Horror Story FX
    Zoe Kazan Olive Kitteridge HBO

    This is Nicola’s first nomination from a US awards organisation, and we are certain it won’t be her last. We are very pleased that Nicola has finally earned some recognition in North America for her work. Fingers and toes tightly crossed!

    Thanks, SofieB, for the heads up on this nomination πŸ˜€

    16 February 2015

    The winners have been announced. Unfortunately, Nicola did not win in her category. πŸ™

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    Last Tango in Halifax Series 3

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    UK transmission date :
    Sunday, 28 December 2014, 9 pm GMT BBC One

    For our coverage on Series 2 of this show, go HERE.
    For our coverage on Series 1 of this show, go HERE.

    This page and the various page links will become live and constantly updated, so check back now and again for more news. The links below will contain information about old and new cast members, possible story arcs etc. which may be considered by some fans as “spoilery”. So don’t click on those links if you do not want to know anything about Series 3 before it airs.

    Table of Contents

    Main Cast and other production details

    Production News / Cast Tweets / Updates

    Production Pics

    Press Coverage : Articles/interviews available online | Press Articles Gallery | Radio interview transcripts

    Trailers | Characters Guide | Episode Guides | Reviews and Ratings

    Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

    Fun Stuff – Script download, Fun Facts

    Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

    Order from Amazon UK

    You can order the show’s DVD box sets (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) from Amazon UK. Purchases made through these links will help us raise money for Nicola’s charity, the MS Society of the UK.

     


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    Last Tango in Halifax Series 2

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    For our coverage on Series 1 of this show, go HERE.
    For our coverage on Series 3 of this show, go HERE

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    Table of Contents

    Main Cast and other production details

    Production Updates

    Production Pics

    Press Coverage : Articles/interviews available online, Press Articles Gallery

    Episode Trailers, Characters Guide, Episode Guides, Reviews and Ratings

    Screencaps | Filming Locations | Awards and Nominations

    Fun Stuff – Script download, Fun Facts, Set visits, Wish List, Best Caption Competition

    Trivia, Six Degrees and DVD news

    Order from Amazon UK

    Order the Series 1 & 2 (Regions 2 and 4 compatible) DVDs from Amazon UK.

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    Last Tango in Halifax Series 1

    Series-1

    For our coverage on Series 2 of this show, go HERE.
    For our coverage on Series 3 of this show, go HERE.

    Table of Contents

    Background information / updates, when the show was still called Antony & Cleopatra

    Background information / updates, when the show was renamed Last Tango in Halifax

    More Updates and a link to the BBC media pack for this show (which includes interviews from Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and of course, Nicola)

    Articles/interviews available online, Press Articles Gallery and Series 2 news

    Links to Episode Trailers, Episode Guides, Characters Guide, Reviews, Ratings and Screencaps

    Filming Locations, Series 1 Dedication (find out who is Alec Walker)

    Awards and Nominations

    Fun Stuff – script download, six degrees and DVD news

    Cast and other Production details

    The Buttershaw Family
    Name Role
    Derek Jacobi Alan Buttershaw
    Nicola Walker Gillian Greenwood (nee Buttershaw)
    Josh Bolt Raff Greenwood
    The Dawson Family
    Name Role
    Anne Reid Celia Dawson
    Sarah Lancashire Caroline Dawson
    Tony Gardner John Elliot
    Edward Ashley William Elliot
    Louis Greatorex Lawrence Elliot
    Other Characters
    Name Role
    Nina Sosanya Kate
    Dean Andrews Robbie
    Sacha Dhawan Paul Jatri
    Ronni Ancona Judith
    Brief production details
    Name Role
    Sally Wainwright Creator/Writer/one of the Executive Producers
    Euros Lyn Director – episodes 1 to 3
    Samuel Donovan Director – episodes 4 to 6
    Red Productions Production Company
    BBC One transmission station
    Number of Episodes 6 x 60 minutes

    The links above will take you to the individual actor’s or writer’s IMDb page. For more detailed information on the show, including guests in individual episodes and a full crew list, visit on the show’s IMDb page.

    Order from Amazon UK

    The Region 2 DVD is also Region 4 compatible.

     


    Turn the page and start reading all the information which we have collected on this show.

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    Antony and Cleopatra

    June 2012 : The name of this show has been changed to “Last Tango in Halifax”. Read all about it in this Post.

    We’ve known about this project for some time now, but refrained from logging a post about it out of respect to the production company who was supposed to make a formal announcement about recent casting for the show a couple of weeks ago. They haven’t done that, but in the meantime, Twitter and other forums have been full of speculation about the show, so we might as well make this post public.

    Back in May 2011, the BBC announced the commissioning of a number of new dramas, including this show. The press release at the time stated

    Anthony And Cleopatra, 6×60 series, written by Sally Wainwright and made by Red Production Company

    New series for BBC One about love and second chances, set in the autumn years of two old school friends. Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, unexpectedly fall for each other when they meet again after nearly 50 years. Their relationship is a celebratory tale of the uplifting power of love at any age. But this is also a story about family, and about history. Both Alan and Celia have families, and with family comes baggage.

    One cast member made Nicola’s involvement in this show public when he tweeted about this in mid December 2011. However, shortly after he tweeted this, he deleted the tweet immediately when he realized that the casting news has not yet been made official. This cast member is also appearing in another TV project in 2012 with Nicola.

    On 3 January 2012, @SophieB_ noticed that Nicola’s Spotlight page has been updated to include news of Nicola’s casting as “Gillian” in this show. Thanks to others on Twitter, we now also know that Euros Lyn is the Director for this show. (You can access Euros’s own website HERE.) Both Euros Lyn and Sally Wainwright have had impressive credits in the past, so we await this show with keen interest. It is curious that Nicola’s Spotlight page has not yet been updated to include her appearance in New Tricks/Old School Ties even though we know, again, via Twitter, that she has already completed filming of her guest role back in December 2011.

    There have been other tweets about a read through for a 6 part drama which started today (4th January 2012) in Manchester, from other would-be cast members (though this time not the abovementioned cast member). These actors seem to be all to happy to hint about their involvement and yet when pressed further, they clam up and give some lame excuse like, “Sorry everyone. I’m not allowed to say owt until it’s been announced to the world :(“. In that case, why tweet about the great cast, brilliant scripts and fantastic read throughs in the first place? This is most frustrating for fans. Press officers ought to know by now that Twitter leaks news faster than any other medium!

    Filming of Antony and Cleopatra will take place in Yorkshire and Manchester between January and March 2012. An air date has not yet been announced. We have no idea as to why the show has the same title as the Shakespeare play, since the subject matter of the two plays bear no resemblance to each other. Perhaps those Nicola fans who are also Shakespeare scholars can hazard a guess as to why the script writer chose this particular title for her show.

    You can access the production company’s website HERE. This site does not appear to have been updated since November 2011.

    Why was the show named “Antony & Cleopatra?

    There has been no official explanation, but perhaps this entry from On the Box’s 10 TV Shows to Look Out For in 2012 gives a clue :

    A bit of gentle BBC drama which tells the story of two old school friends who meet after 50 years of family life and fall in luuurve. The two widowed 70-year-olds (not called Anthony or Cleopatra), have a whole load of baggage to bring to the relationship which promises to make this a realistic and unique approach to the usual TV love story plot. Written by Sally Wainwright, who penned the popular Unforgiven for ITV earlier this year, the drama will feature as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare season which will see several of the bard’s plays remade for your televisual viewing pleasure.

    Update : 11 January 2012

    We’ve found out who have been cast as the two leads of this show. Derek Jacobi will play “Antony” and Anne Reid will play “Cleopatra”. We found this information in a CV (stumbled across online) of one of the crew (not cast) members on the show. Neither the production company nor the BBC has yet made any formal announcement of the cast list, but if this new info is correct, then we think its brilliant and inspired casting. All of the supporting cast (i.e. the children and the baggage) will have to work hard to keep up with these two strong veterans of stage and screen.

    Coincidentally, Shepherd Management announced today that Dean Andrews will be joining Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid in this project. Another actor known to have been cast is Tony Gardner.

    @IanWylie just tweeted that Nicola has been confirmed to play Derek Jacobi’s daughter, Gillian, in this drama. Another cast member mentioned in Ian’s tweet is Sarah Lancashire. Thanks to Ian, you can read the BBC press release HERE. (Between last May and today, the BBC appeared to have decided to drop the “h” in “Antony”.)

    Nicola to play the mother of a teenage son? That’s about as far away from “Ruth Evershed” as you can get. YES!

    @IanWylie then tweeted

    Spoke to Antony and Cleopatra writer Sally W last week. Much of it is about Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire’s characters

    I guess that means we can expect a more detailed write-up from Ian, closer to the air date when the embargo on interviews and publicity is lifted.

    Family Chart

    Here’s a family chart we’ve compiled, showing you the relationships between the various characters. As we receive more casting news, we will update this chart to include additional characters. (click on the image to view a larger pic)

    For more info, updates and photos, please turn to the next page.

    Update : 12 January 2012

    Tony Gardner has shared this pic on Twitter of the two young actors who will be playing sons on this show.

    The young man on the right, Josh Bolt, 17, will be playing Nicola’s character’s son.*
    See comments on this pic from Liz below. Thanks, Liz.