The hit BBC drama is back for a second season carrying on from where we left off in the last episode, with news of Alan (Derek Jacobi‘s) recovery from a heart attack (thank goodness!). Seeing as his character is what we Nigerian‘s refer to as the ‘Actor’ and as every Nigerian knows….the ‘Actor’ never dies, it would have been hard to imagine the series without him.
Ordinarily, the programme isn’t the sort of drama that instantly grabs your attention but once you start watching, its characters are so real and well written that you can’t help but get drawn in while it’s on. The idea that you can still find love even when you’re in your 70’s is also very appealing and intriguing. It makes you wonder if the two lovers are totally off their heads or whether theirs is really true love and how their relationship will affect their children and grandchildren.
Gillian, Alan’s hapless daughter was certainly the star of the opening episode with even more emotional heartache. So she’s now dating her former arch-enemy; her brother-in-law who up until the last episode last season had accused her for years of being responsible for her husband’s death.
Probably consumed by guilt, she decided to confess her drink fueled one night stand with John to Caroline, who told her mum who then told her father…ouch! You’ve got to love her though, her heart is actually in the right place.
Apart from a riveting story line, it’s hard to miss the stunning Yorkshire landscape which is used for maximum effect during various shots in the episode…especially during the conversation between Celia (Anne Reid) and Alan about having their wedding in secret…absolutely beautiful.
There’s nothing like a heart warming story of love never lost (especially between pensioners) that makes for cosy watching on cold winter nights. If the teaser for next week’s episode is anything to go by, we’re set for another compelling season.
Last Tango in Halifax is on Mondays at 8pm on the BBC.