Last Tango at the Tower this Autumn

Stellar cast:  Thespian Derek Jacobi surrounded by his on-screen family in Last Tango in Halifax
Stellar cast: Thespian Derek Jacobi surrounded by his on-screen family in Last Tango in Halifax
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A Lancashire landmark is heading for the small screen this Autumn.

The BBC and Red Production Company has started recording a second series of BAFTA winning series Last Tango in Halifax with Hoghton Tower set to be the backdrop to some dramatic scenes in the popular drama series.

The tower, which often plays host to farmers markets and historical events, will be closed next week as filming of the Yorkshire-based drama takes place.

Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid are reprising the roles of love struck septuagenarians Alan and Celia, who rediscover their love for each other later in life, 60 years after they first met.

The first series, which aired on BBC One last year, won the coveted Best Drama Series award at this year’s BAFTAs with writer Sally Wainwright (Scott & Bailey, Unforgiven) also named best writer at the BAFTA Craft Awards. T

The second series, currently filming in various locations around the north of England, picks up the dramatic storyline that had viewers on the edge of their seats last year. With Alan having suffered a serious heart attack and the couples’ nuptials hanging in the balance, viewers were left wondering whether Celia will once again lose the love of her life.

Sally Wainwright said: “The second series will bring even more dramatic twists, trials and tribulations for the characters with Alan and Celia’s love story continuing to be the beating heart of the series.”

Nicola Shindler, Executive Producer and founder of Red Production Company, said; “When we started developing Last Tango in Halifax we wanted to make a love story first and foremost. The audience instantly warmed to the simple and sincere affection between Alan and Celia, which endured despite the dramatic events that transpired around them. Series two promises even more ups and downs.”

Hoghton Tower will be closed to the public from Monday August 19, reopening on Wednesday August 28, although the tea rooms will be open throughout.