'Last Tango in Halifax' review: Elderly romance
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Created and written by Sally Wainwright, and based in part on her mother's late-in-life second marriage, "Halifax" is about two elderly people who knew each other as teenagers, reconnect after 60 years and decide to get married, much to the initial displeasure of their dysfunctional families.
First her kids find out about the affair, and then he gets beaten up by his real girlfriend's brother and ends up being "The Man Who Came to Dinner" at Gillian's house.
[...] Celia's daughter, Caroline (Sarah Lancashire, "Wuthering Heights"), is more or less separated from her husband, John (Tony Gardner, "Fresh Meat"), who has been having an alcohol-fueled affair with loose cannon Judith (Ronni Ancona, "Skins").
[...] Halifax" has winning elements of screwball comedy, but anchored by deeply felt characterizations.
While this revelation somewhat works as a plot mechanism, it's one of the few weak spots in the script simply because it's not believable, given what we already know about the chara
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