TV Review: Last Tango in Halifax, Series 5 Episode 1

Sally Wainwright’s Last Tango in Halifax returns in fine form for its fifth series, making Sunday nights great again

“Some people like getting on a bus”

The churlish among us might have grumbled that they felt a little short-changed by the fourth series of Last Tango in Halifax only consisting of two episodes. Having had to wait over three years for the arrival of a fifth, I’m now just ecstatic it is back (with four episodes this time around).

And in the best way, it feels like it has never been away. Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid’s bickering married couple, Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire searching for self-sufficiency as their daughters, and associated friends and family members dipping in and out with their varied capers.

There’s hints of darkness on the horizon, as ever with Wainwright. Wedded bliss has given way to pointed differences causing big ructions between Celia and Alan, and financial worries for Gillian aren’t helping anyone. That said, Caroline is edging towards the possibility of new love. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

Photograph: Matt Squire/BBC/Lookout Point

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