Netflix Chat: “Last Tango In Halifax” Episode 1

Forced to join Facebook by their respective grandchildren, Alan and Celia (Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, respectively) reconnect after 60 long years apart. Once childhood sweethearts, the two liked each other in their schooldays but never got the courage to tell the other person. Sixty years later, both widowed, they decide to finally take the chance they missed out on so long ago. “Last Tango” deftly portrays new, exciting relationships, while also expressing the everyday changes of a world they both knew sixty years ago. Alan and Celia live with their children who have problems of their own. Alan’s daughter Gillian (Nicola Walker) has a teenage son and there’s a tragic backstory involving the death of her husband. Celia’s daughter Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) is the headmaster at a local primary school and has just taken her husband back after a lengthy affair on his part. Caroline has her own problems as her children are ambivalent about their dad being back while Caroline has to deal with the fallout of her own affair — one with her indiscrete female co-worker. The quaint, cozy feel of the show will immediately intrigue viewers, and the dialogue is fresh and honest — something most shows have problems with. Both Alan and Celia are open with their feelings — whether it’s a rush to get out sixty years of longing, or by both being in their seventies there’s little time left to beat around the bush and wait to see how things unfold — and their easy chemistry and pretty faces are such a welcome sight. The show takes its time setting up scenes and the camera tends to linger on an unspoken face for just the right amount of time.

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“Last Tango in Halifax” is the perfect show to fill the void left by “Parenthood” and “Parks and Rec” (two of Jordan and Sarita’s favorite shows)  going off air.  The show so far has the same sweet undertones of both shows, while maintaining same type of authenticity and true to life drama for which Parenthood was notable. The chemistry between Jacobi and Reid  was sweet and endearing; both Jordan and Sarita were captured into their story immediately. In addition to the strong cast ensemble, the show’s camera work gives non-English viewers a taste of life in the English countryside. Scenic overlooks of the houses, winding roads, and open farmland added to the show’s overall charm and make viewers want to immerse themselves in this world. “Last Tango” airs on PBS and the first two seasons are currently streaming on Netflix.

Sarita and Jordan will be covering the first season, but doing so as a type of live-blogging review. Their chat, which has been slightly edited, is in its entirety below.

Jordan Hickman
cute credits!

Sarita Muley
It was. I like the music!

Jordan Hickman
upbeat and friendly
have you seen “happy valley”? sarah lancashire is so great in that

Sarita Muley
It is!
I haven’t seen it, but I knew the actress looked familiar. Is it the daughter?
I mean is the daughter sarah lancashire?

Jordan Hickman
yeah, the younger blonde.

Sarita Muley
Got it. I’ve seen her in a few other things but can’t remember.
Ha ha, the grandkids are helping the grandparents on Facebook

Jordan Hickman
the dark haired woman on screen is one of my favorite actresses — nicola walker. i just adore her
so cute!

Sarita Muley
What has she been in?
This is like modern day version “As Time goes by” . have you seen that series (with Judi Dench)

Jordan Hickman
spooks! and she was in the stage version of the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime
i haven’t!

Sarita Muley
oh, I’ll have to see her!
I’m liking it so far. We’re in the hustle /bustle of the granddad’s family life.

Jordan Hickman
awww, lost loves. last saw each other in 1953! i love this already!

Sarita Muley
awwww! So sweet!

Jordan Hickman
drama!!
despite the rain and fog the setting is quite nice

Sarita Muley
Ha ha. Yes! Curious about that back drama.
I like the house.
English homes are very pretty

Jordan Hickman
it’s cozy

Sarita Muley
It is!

Jordan Hickman
i love the older boy’s hair!

Sarita Muley
So my screen was blurry for a second and I thought the dad was Colin Firth at first lol

Jordan Hickman
more drama!
lololol i wish

Sarita Muley
Ha ha wouldn’t that have been the best?

Jordan Hickman
indeed!

Sarita Muley
Lot of drama already in less than four minutes

Jordan Hickman
i know. i don’t mind it

Sarita Muley
He’s begging to come back basically…
It’s not too melodramatic so that’s good. It’s real drama with relationships

Jordan Hickman
looks like he had an affair…..don’t take him back!
we have a name! Caroline!

Sarita Muley
I agree, don’t take him back! especially now that he’s coming back after the other situation didn’t work out
Yeah!
What’s the granddad’s name? Or we don’t know that yet?
Awwwwww. Loving this modern day pen pal relationship with long lost loves.
His house looks cozy too.

Jordan Hickman
right? like, his side lady had problems so he decided to go back to his wife, with whom he cheated on in the first place

Sarita Muley
Exactly!

Jordan Hickman
i just love older people typing and having trouble figuring things out.
sooooo cute!

Sarita Muley
“Would you fancy meeting up for cup of coffee.” awww
Ha ha, you’re right. It is cute. It’s funny he’s using a modern tool on an outdated computer.

Jordan Hickman
i love that he’s like us and deleting things. ADORABLE

Sarita Muley
Yes, so real!
Alan is his name !

last tango caroline

Jordan Hickman
squeee!!!! he deleted the x because he thought it too personal

Sarita Muley
I missed that! Good catch.

Jordan Hickman
uh oh…alan’s grandson is hurt somehow?

Sarita Muley
Yeah, seems like he fell off the bicycle

Jordan Hickman
her ex-husband’s brother?

Sarita Muley
Drama in the hospital, a la Parenthood, ha ha.

Jordan Hickman
nope, LATE husband

Sarita Muley
Got it. I couldn’t figure out the relationship. I was confused because I thought I heard uncle but they were bickering like ex spouses

Jordan Hickman
she’s letting him move back in? come on, caroline.

Sarita Muley
I know. so wrong.
Phew, thought she was going to reject the coffee date at first.
Beautiful scenery. Love the shot of the village (or city?)

Jordan Hickman
so quaint. love the architecture

Sarita Muley
Now I see the older son’s his more closely and agree, it’s cool
That’s why I like watching BBC shows- seeing the interesting and cozy architecture

Jordan Hickman
so caroline has two sons and gillian has the one. is that all we’re seeing that we know of so far

Sarita Muley
Correct

Jordan Hickman
it looks like they are actually using facebook which is rare in shows. usually it’s some terrible-looking copy

Sarita Muley
That’s true. They try not to show the brands in the shows.

Jordan Hickman
also, can i say how cute it is that neither of them communicate via the phone? because they can totally get facebook on the phone
adorable

Last Tango In Halifax

Sarita Muley
Why did she invite him to move back in if she’s treating him coldly? She shouldn’t have invited him in if she couldn’t forgive him
ha ha such a good point. They like the mystery of it.

Jordan Hickman
i know. no idea why

Sarita Muley
The grandmother looks like Matthew’s mom (from Downton) in some of the shots

Jordan Hickman
i love his house!!!!!

Sarita Muley
lol

Jordan Hickman
haha she does

Sarita Muley
Me too! The couch looks cozy!

Jordan Hickman
Pffft. Freakin’ Matthew. Still not over it.

Sarita Muley
That’s the reason I stopped watching the show. Darn you Matthew!
Fireplace!!! What I would give to have one
Aw, father daughter tea time 🙂

Jordan Hickman
great scene.

Jordan Hickman
ugh, this is just adorable..

Jordan Hickman
have you ever read the history of love?

Sarita Muley
I like hearing older people retell stories from past and then getting to visualize it in my head
No i haven’t. Is it a novel?

Jordan Hickman
it’s about this couple who knew each other as kids and then get torn apart during the war.
it’s great, you’d like it!

Sarita Muley
The music is nice and upbeat throughout

Jordan Hickman
yeah, a novel

Sarita Muley
I’ll add it to my list!

Jordan Hickman
it sets a friendly, warm tone

Sarita Muley
It does. This whole show is cozy and sweet so far
Where have I seen Caroline before? Now I have to imdb it

Jordan Hickman
it is. i hate to call a show “cute” but it really is!

Sarita Muley
Great contrasting scenes of the two daughters walking down the aisles
You’re right though- that is the best way to describe the show

Jordan Hickman
yeah, nice dichotomy to their lives

Sarita Muley
Oh, she’s in Paradise! Another show on PBS

Jordan Hickman
ahh! yes! I think she was also in wuthering heights?

Sarita Muley
Ha ha, it is gloomy outside. Typical England weather.
Yes, you’re correct!
Aww, even their meeting spot is cozy

Jordan Hickman
i love the slow pace this episode is taking. really taking its time setting everything up
a very welcome change
so cozy!

Sarita Muley
Great point. Pilots are usually rushed.

Jordan Hickman
his face!!!!!

Sarita Muley
Awwww!!!!!
he is handsome!

Jordan Hickman
ahhhhhh!!!!!
these two 70 year olds are making me squeal with delight. i just love it

Sarita Muley
Ha ha ha, it is sweet. This show has the same tone I was missing/needing after losing Parks and Parenthood

Jordan Hickman
derek jacobi was the mouse in the secret of nimh and i just think he has the best voice

Sarita Muley
I wanted another sweet show to fill it in and looks like this one will fill the need

Jordan Hickman
indeed!

Sarita Muley
Is he the grandfather?
Ha ha, he’s pretending he forgot he asked her out. I would totally do the same thing.

Jordan Hickman
and she’s pretending she didn’t know who he was
so cute

Sarita Muley
it is 🙂
Oh no!!!! He didn’t get the note 🙁

Jordan Hickman
awww

Sarita Muley
Their faces are so sweet.
He looks devastated 🙁

Jordan Hickman
i know. extremely devastated
is she the headmaster?

Sarita Muley
Looks like it.

Jordan Hickman
her desk looks like my desk at work

Sarita Muley
That’s a nice big desk 😉

Jordan Hickman
mine’s about that size and totally not big enough!

Sarita Muley
Is this the woman with whom he cheated with?

Jordan Hickman
no, i don’t think so
i think just her coworker
wait….did she have an affair with her???

Sarita Muley
oh got it. Or….
looks like she is her girlfriend!

Jordan Hickman
ha! i love it!

Sarita Muley
Looks like it!
Yeah me too!
A twist!

Jordan Hickman
we both got it at the same time!

Sarita Muley
ha ha we’re on the same brain wavelength 🙂

Jordan Hickman
oh man this show just keeps getting better

Sarita Muley
I know! I am so glad we chose this to watch together.

Jordan Hickman
me too 🙂

Sarita Muley
🙂

Jordan Hickman
oh no. his car got stolen!

Sarita Muley
Oh noooo!!!! Did his car get stolen?
HA HA, we yet again got it at the same time, lol

Jordan Hickman
this kid was in that nbc remake of outsourced.

Sarita Muley
Oh, I didn’t recognize him.

Jordan Hickman
he looks like a creep

Sarita Muley
he does look slimy.
Wow, the two daughters have their own little secret love lives

Jordan Hickman
i think i watch too much tv!
i know!!

Sarita Muley
There’s no such thing as watching too much tv 🙂 You watch the perfect amount 😛

Jordan Hickman
At least Gillian isn’t married and having an affair. But dating someone her son’s age? ehhhhhh???

Sarita Muley
Aw, she doesn’t realize he married her

Jordan Hickman
Not sure which is worse?
He totally did marry her!Oh, wow. the lady who didn’t give the letter is the one he was married to.

Sarita Muley
I think Gillian’s is worse since it is someone almost her kid’s age she’s seeing.
A letter basically determined his fate!

Jordan Hickman
True. for sure. at least caroline was separated and with someone age appropriate
ahhh!

Sarita Muley
True
They are a very handsome couple 🙂

Jordan Hickman
His marriage was happy and hers wasn’t.

Sarita Muley
Ha ha, I love how they say “fancy…”

Jordan Hickman
Fancy is just the best word.

Sarita Muley
That’s sad that she didn’t have a happy marriage

Jordan Hickman
i know. she was pining for some guy and had to settle for a guy who didn’t treat her well. She deserves some happiness!

Sarita Muley
She certainly does! It’s sad her daughter had a similar fate in her marriage.

Jordan Hickman
i know 🙁

Sarita Muley
Oh no! Are they going to go after the car?!?

Jordan Hickman
Ahhhh! they’re totally going after it!
THIS IS THE BEST!

Sarita Muley
Yes it is!!!

Jordan Hickman
AHHHHH!!

Sarita Muley
Me too, ha ha! I am getting excited!

Jordan Hickman
Adorable

Sarita Muley
🙂

Jordan Hickman
and the music is excellent!

Sarita Muley
Beautiful view of the houses by the river
It’s perfect!
Ha, I wonder if the thieves know they are being followed by two elderly people lol.

Jordan Hickman
“oh heck!” hahahaahah

Sarita Muley
Ha ha!
“Are we all right?” Awwww

Jordan Hickman
Well if that wasn’t the cutest thing i’ve ever seen!

Sarita Muley
Very different than what you normally see on tv 🙂

Jordan Hickman
She’s so cute dwelling on a letter from 60 years ago!

Sarita Muley
I feel bad for her though because she’s probably wondering how her life would have been different.

Jordan Hickman
Awww, the truth comes out
love the honesty!

Sarita Muley
Awww, she was in love with him!!!
He looks so confused.
Such great facial expressions.

Jordan Hickman
i’m so glad we’re watching this!

Sarita Muley
Me too! It’s the perfect combo of sweetness and realistic drama.
Ugh, the uncle is the worst.

Jordan Hickman
Right!! He really is!!!!

Sarita Muley
Why would he tell his nephew that he thinks the mother killed his father? So bad.

Jordan Hickman
Wow. that’s just the evilest thing someone can do

Sarita Muley
As if the kid didn’t already feel bad for losing his dad.
Another cozy room! I love that this show has so many cozy rooms!

Jordan Hickman
Wow, the transparency is so refreshing.

Sarita Muley
It is. Sweet but honest dialogue.

Jordan Hickman
And it’s not bad dialogue either. it’s something people actually say.

Sarita Muley
Exactly. All the dialogue and fights are very realistic so far

Jordan Hickman
How did he die? Did I miss it?

Sarita Muley
I don’t know how he died either. I may have missed it too. I’m assuming it was a motorcycle accident?
Ugh I hate this husband. I hope she kicks him out again.
Ha, the daughters are so worried about their parents, but the parents are having a cozy ole time 🙂

Jordan Hickman
still dwelling on the past

Sarita Muley
Yeah, she unfortunately has regrets.

Jordan Hickman
i’m not sure i like him saying that he was happy in his marriage yet kept thinking about celia for 60 years

Sarita Muley
Yeah.. I am wondering if he had regrets that he’s not talking about?

last tango

Jordan Hickman
i know

Sarita Muley
Aww the daughters are going to hate each other 🙁

Jordan Hickman
hahahaha this scene

Sarita Muley
Caroline’s expression lol
awwwwww!!!!!!

Jordan Hickman
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
excellent way to end!

Sarita Muley
Definitely! And seeing the expressions!

Photo credit: BBC/PBS

About Jordan Hickman

When I was in high school, I was watching The X Files in the closet of our basement when I was supposed to be sleeping. My dad caught me and he laughed at me. It was then I knew TV would quickly become an obsession of mine. TV is in a golden era right now, and I'm so thrilled to be along for the ride. I started this website because writing is also a passion of mine and I wanted to combine the two. I'm also a wife and mom, which means I'm not always timely in getting reviews in.

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