BBC One has handed a third season renewal to their romantic drama series Last Tango In Halifax. The third season order comes after the second episode of season two achieved a series high rating of 7.6 million viewers (consolidated), up on the season one average consolidated audience of 7.3 million viewers. Production on the third season is set to commence early next year, with BBC One eyeing a later 2014 premiere.
Created by Sally Wainwright, Last Tango In Halifax follows Alan Buttershaw and Celia Dawson, two widowers in their 70s who, when their grandchildren put them on Facebook, rediscover feelings for one another that are just as intense and beautiful now as they were 60 years ago when they were teenagers. The drama series is produced by Red Production Company and stars Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Nicola Walker, Sarah Lancashire, Tony Gardner, Dean Andrews and Ronni Ancona. The series is aired in the United States by PBS.
“Sally Wainwright’s heartfelt scripts combined with the outstanding and stellar cast involved meant we couldn’t resist a third series of award-winning drama, Last Tango In Halifax for 2014″, said Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. “I can’t wait to see where these wonderful characters and stories will take the audience to next.”
Writer and executive producer Sally Wainwright commented: “I’m so happy we’ve got a third series, it’s so exciting to be able to take these characters further and to find out loads more stuff about them. What’s so great about writing for characters like Celia and Alan is that there is a wealth of back story to explore. Series three will be a whole new emotional ball game.”
While Executive Producer Nicola Shindler added: “Both series of Last Tango In Halifax have been a hit with audiences and critics alike thanks to the elusive combination of brilliant acting, a sincere and engaging script, and familial trials and tribulations. We are delighted to bring these much-loved characters back for a third series.”