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Last Tango in Halifax renewed for third series by BBC One

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Last Tango in Halifax has been renewed for a third series by BBC One.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore and BBC Drama commissioning controller Ben Stephenson announced that the BAFTA-winning drama from writer Sally Wainwright will return for a third run in 2014.

Last Tango In Halifax: Celia (ANNE REID), Alan (DEREK JACOBI), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER), Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE)

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Last Tango in Halifax


The series has grown in popularity during its second series, continuously attracting an average audience of over 5 million viewers per episode.

Sally Wainwright said: "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."

Stephenson added: "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. I can't wait to see where these wonderful characters and stories will take the audience to next."

Sarah Lancashire in 'Last Tango In Halifax'

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Sarah Lancashire in 'Last Tango In Halifax'


The new series will film in 2014, followed by a broadcast later in the year.

Last Tango in Halifax stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as widowed couple Alan and Celia. The childhood sweethearts reunite after 60 years via a social networking site, bringing together their respective families.

Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker, Nina Sosanya, Tony Gardner, Ronni Ancona, Dean Andrews, Sacha Dhawan and Josh Bolt also star.

The series two finale airs tonight (December 24) at 9pm on BBC One.

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