BBC One commissions third series of Last Tango In Halifax

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."Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning
Date: 24.12.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.53
BBC One has commissioned a third series of the BAFTA-winning drama Last Tango In Halifax ahead of the second series finale on Christmas Eve at 9pm.

Last Tango In Halifax, created by BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright, was commissioned for a third series by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning and is produced by RED Production Company for BBC One.

It has achieved its highest ever rating so far during its second run pulling in 7.6 million consolidated viewers (6.3 million overnight) to BBC One (ep 2). Series 1 averaged 7.3 million viewers and 27% share of the audience.

Writer and executive producer Sally Wainwright says: “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.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, adds: “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.”

RED Production Company’s founder and 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.”

The third series of the hit drama will go into production in 2014, to be broadcast later in the year.

Last Tango In Halifax has won numerous awards and accolades this year – not only two coveted BAFTAs (Best Drama Series and Best Writer) but was also awarded three RTS North West Awards in November and has been shortlisted for Best Drama Series at the Broadcast Awards 2014.

The second series has been hailed by critics as “near to perfect TV as you can get” (The Guardian) and “a triumph” (Radio Times).

Last Tango In Halifax is a RED Production Company production for BBC One. It is created, written and executively produced by Sally Wainwright, produced by Karen Lewis and directed by Euros Lyn and Jill Robertson. Executive producers are Nicola Shindler for Red Production Company and Matthew Read for the BBC.

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