Last Tango In Halifax – Series 5

Programme Name: Last Tango In Halifax Series 5 - TX: 23/02/2020 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE), Celia (ANNE REID), Alan (DEREK JACOBI), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER) - (C) Lookout Point - Photographer: Matt Squire

BBC One, Sundays at 9pm from 23rd February

Sally Wainwright’s Bafta Award-winning drama Last Tango In Halifax returns for a much-anticipated fifth series on Sunday February 23rd.  Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid) are seven years into their marriage and, having moved into a desirable bungalow with stunning views across the Calder Valley, they aren’t seeing eye to eye.  Last Tango In Halifax is a Lookout Point production for the BBC.

Filmed in Yorkshire with support from Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office.

Programme Name: Last Tango In Halifax Series 5 - TX: 23/02/2020 - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Celia (ANNE REID), Alan (DEREK JACOBI) - (C) Lookout Point - Photographer: Matt Squire


Last Tango In Halifax is set in the Calder Valley and filmed widely across Calderdale including Halifax town centre, Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden and Elland.  Other filming locations include: Bridlington, Ilkley, Batley, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the Royal Armouries Museum (Leeds) and Broughton Hall (Skipton).  The production was based at Studio 81 in Leeds.

Last Tango In Halifax filmed with support of Screen Yorkshire’s film friendly partners, including Calderdale Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Bradford Film Office and Kirklees Council.

Last Tango In Halifax had been historically based over the Pennines in Manchester, with visits to Yorkshire for certain key locations. For series 5 we decided to move the whole production across and base it out of Leeds. Some of the characters had moved house and we exploited the scenery of the Ripponden Valley along with Ilkley, Halifax and Bridlington on the East Yorkshire Coast. I firmly believe Yorkshire offers a rich and varied landscape, from spectacular Pennine hills, former industrial towns like Halifax and the wide expanse of the Wolds in East Yorkshire. Even the M62 snaking through the Pennines lent itself to some stunning drone shots. We also crewed locally as much as we could and tapped in to the wealth of talent based in the area, including using local facilities for camera and lighting.

Ken Horn, Producer, Last Tango In Halifax

Programme Name: Last Tango In Halifax Series 5 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Gillian (NICOLA WALKER), Alan (DEREK JACOBI), Celia (ANNE REID), Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE), Ted Buttershaw (TIMOTHY WEST) - (C) Lookout Point - Photographer: Matt Squire

It was a joy to return to Yorkshire once again, it has a great film infrastructure through bodies like Screen Yorkshire who promote schemes to bring new talent to the industry, I look forward to returning to film in Yorkshire again soon.

Ken Horn, Producer, Last Tango In Halifax


Celia (Anne Reid) is baffled when Alan (Derek Jacobi) applies for a job in a local supermarket and Alan can’t understand why they need an expensive new kitchen. At Far Slack Farm, Gillian (Nicola Walker) – already stretched with bank repayments – discovers a costly problem with her roof. And Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) faces a fresh challenge in her new headship and recruits the help of colleague, Ruth (Lu Corfield).

A phone call from New Zealand gives Alan and Celia pause for thought, and tempers get frayed at Caroline and Gillian’s joint birthday celebration when money becomes the topic of conversation. Meanwhile, Judith (Ronni Ancona) presents John (Tony Gardner) with an awkward proposition…