Last Tango In Halifax

9:00pm Tuesday 18 December on BBC ONE

Caroline’s depression lifts and she decides to seize the day, throwing herself whole-heartedly into her relationship with Kate. Alan and Celia spend lunchtime in the pub with Harry and Maurice, taking injured Paul with them because he’s going stir-crazy at Gillian’s. Alan test-drives a second-hand Landrover (Gillian’s birthday present) and ends up with more than he bargained for; unable to turn either of them down, he privately agrees with first Maurice, then with Harry, that they can both be his best man.

Later Alan explains his indirect involvement in Eddie’s death to Celia. Celia puts his mind at rest and tells him to let it go. They push the furniture back and jive like teenagers. Everybody’s amazed when it turns out that Caroline and Gillian weren’t only born on the same day, but are exactly the same age! Could Alan and Celia have been thinking of each other 46 years ago when Caroline and Gillian were conceived?

Caroline tells John (Tony Gardner) that the ‘someone’ she’s seeing is a woman. Devastated with the implications, he doesn’t know who to turn to and ends up over at the farm, hoping for Gillian’s sympathy. Here he gets drunk and nastily tells Celia that her daughter’s a lesbian. Celia’s appalled and insists on going home. Drunk, Gillian invites John to go to bed with her.

Ep 5/6

9:00pm Tuesday 4 December on BBC ONE

Celia and Alan discover that they have wildly opposing political views, and whilst Alan dislikes organized religion, he agrees to get married in church if it’s what Celia wants.

However, the vicar has other ideas when she learns that neither of them has attended church since 1977. Unperturbed, they decide to have a civil ceremony at Southowram Hall, an ancient creepy Medieval Hall above Halifax. A storm is brewing as they visit the hall, and as Alan tells Celia about a ghost in one of the bedrooms, the lights go out, and they find themselves locked in the ancient building.

Having been abandoned at Far Slack, Gillian tells John he needs to stick up for himself more; half the house is his. He returns to Harrogate and tells Caroline he’s moving back in whether she likes it or not. Driven up the wall, Caroline rings Kate, and apologises to her, she was right all along, Caroline’s spent the best years of her life married to a jerk and fuelled by this realisation she and John have a spectacular row. Meanwhile, at school one of William’s mates points out to him that his mum is a lesbian.

Raff is cautioned by the police for attacking Paul Jatri, and later Paul confirms to Gillian that the incident was over her; he told Raff he was sleeping with her. Gillian’s appalled when Raff moves out of the farm and in with Robbie. John – who is developing a crush on Gillian – becomes an unlikely support to her when she rings him up needing someone to talk to. Later Paul Jatri is beaten up a second time, this time by his fianc�’s brothers and ends up in a terrible state. Hardly able to walk or talk he now becomes Gillian’s problem.

The episode ends in a thunderstorm with Gillian’s car suddenly, inexplicably bursting into flames.

Ep 3/6

9:00pm Tuesday 27 November on BBC ONE

Continuing with their untraditional approach, Celia and Alan buy an expensive convertible car instead of an engagement ring before throwing an engagement party for their families at the farm, as the drama continues.

During the party, Alan explains that it was because of a message not being passed on sixty years ago that they never ended up together then, but Gillian is surprised to hear who stood in their way.

Caroline and Gillian manage to apologise to each other for their behaviour when they first met, and both of them happily accept that Celia and Alan are perfectly serious about getting married.

Caroline makes mincemeat of Michael Dobson when he tries to blackmail her, but it’s clear she’s very uneasy about anyone knowing about her relationship with Kate. William discovers his dad and Judith drunk together in the house when he comes home from school early one day. John and Caroline appear to be back on track, but when William reveals what he’s seen, Caroline is appalled, and abandons John at the farm following the engagement party and tells him not to come back.

Gillian is worried that Robbie will tell Raff the truth about his dad’s death, and so pre-empts Robbie by telling Raff herself: Eddie committed suicide. Despite Gillian’s candid confession, we still suspect she’s keeping something from Raff. During the engagement party Raff is arrested by his Uncle Robbie for beating up Paul Jatri and Gillian’s terrified that it’ll emerge that she’s been sleeping with the 22-year-old.

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