Last Tango in Halifax renewed for a third series
Sally Wainwright's hit BBC drama about Celia and Alan will be back in late 2014
Popular BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax has been confirmed for a third run in 2014 after the hit show won a Bafta award earlier this year.
The show about Celia and Alan - a couple in their seventies played by Anne Reid and Sir Derek Jacobi - is expected to return next autumn after consistently drawing television audiences of over 5 million per episode.
Writer Sally Wainwright, who has also penned At Home with the Braithwaites and Scott and Bailey, described the news as "exciting" and spoke of looking forward to taking her characters further.
"What's so great about writing for characters like Celia and Alan is that there is a wealth of back story to explore," she said. "Series three will be a whole new emotional ball game."
Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker also star in the series, inspired by Wainwright's mother, who fell in love again as an older woman after the death of her first husband.
In Last Tango in Halifax, Celia and Alan, both widowed, rediscovered a passionate relationship that started over sixty years ago when their respective grandsons put their details on Facebook.
The last episode of the second series, in which the couple renew their marriage vows, was broadcast on Christmas Eve.
BBC Drama commissioning controller Ben Stephenson praised Sally Wainwright's "heartfelt scripts combined with [an] outstanding and stellar cast".
"I can't wait to see where these wonderful characters and stories will take the audience to next," he said.
Last year, BBC One controller Danny Cohen described Last Tango in Halifax as "an absolute gem that is captivating audiences of all ages" with it's central idea that romantic heroes need not always be young.
TV reviewBroadcasting House was preparing for a visit from Prince Charles spoiler alert
Glastonbury Michael Eavis reveals final headline act 'most likely' British pair
Film Ewan McGregor joins star-studded Beauty and the Beast cast as Lumiere
TVThe Island with Bear Grylls under fire after male contestants kill and eat rare crocodile
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Avengers: Age of Ultron: Nearly 700 German cinemas refuse to show movie
- 2 Donald Trump decides that Baltimore riots are Barack Obama's fault
- 3 X Factor in crisis as numbers of people auditioning plummets
- 4 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
- 5 Baltimore riots: Furious mother marches her son home live on TV
Fast & Furious 7 overtakes Frozen to become 5th highest grossing movie of all time
Poldark finale review: How a costume drama became a Sunday night swoon-fest
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Nearly 700 German cinemas refuse to show movie
Game of Thrones season 5: Episode 4 preview clip presents the Sand Snakes as HBO reveals new titles and synopses
The Visit: Watch terrifying trailer for M Night Shyamalan's latest horror film
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia