Last Tango in Halifax will not return for another series Sir Derek Jacobi confirms
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Last Tango in Halifax will not return for another series Sir Derek Jacobi confirms

The beloved BBC drama won't return for any more episodes after becoming the victim of its creator's success

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Last Tango in Halifax will not return for another series, Sir Derek Jacobi has confirmed.

The legendary actor – who played widower Alan Buttershaw in the BBC drama – said the creator and writer of the show Sally Wainwright is too busy to bring the hit show back for another series.

Last Tango in Halifax will not return for another series Sir Derek Jacobi confirms
Last Tango in Halifax will not return for another series Sir Derek Jacobi confirms (Credit: BBC)

Asked by the RadioTimes.com whether the show would be returning as was widely expected after last year’s Christmas specials aired, he confirmed the sad news.

“No, I’m afraid it’s not,” he said.

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“We did a Christmas special last Christmas, which we thought was the beginning of another series, but no,” he added.

Anne Reid co-starred in the series as widow Celia Dawson who reunited with her first love, Alan, in the twilight of their lives.

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire played Celia’s headmistress daughter Caroline, while Spooks actress Nicola Walker portrayed Alan’s daughter Gillian.

But sadly it is the creator of the show’s Sally Wainwright’s success that has seen Last Tango in Halifax come to an end early.

Last Tango in Halifax stars Anne Reid and Sir Derek Jacobi won't play Celia and Alan again
Last Tango in Halifax stars Anne Reid and Sir Derek Jacobi won’t play Celia and Alan again (Credit: BBC)

“She’s written out, she’s writing so many things,” Jacobi said of Wainwright.

Sir Derek added: “She’s a wonderful writer, but she’s got so much work that Tango is finished.

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“It’s very sad, we all loved it.”

Sally is currently writing a drama starring Suranne Jones based on historical businesswoman Anne Lister as well as preparing for the return of Happy Valley which also stars Last Tango’s Sarah Lancashire.