BBC-One-2013BBC One has confirmed it will air a third series of drama Last Tango In Halifax.

The news was announced today ahead of the second series finale which airs this Christmas Eve at 9pm.

I’m so happy we’ve got a third series, it’s so exciting to be able to take these characters further and to find out loads more stuff about them.

What’s so great about writing for characters like Celia and Alan is that there is a wealth of back story to explore. Series three will be a whole new emotional ball game. – Writer and executive producer Sally Wainwright

Last Tango In Halifax, was commissioned for a third series by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning. The corporation note the drama has achieved its highest ever rating during its second run pulling in 7.6 million consolidated viewers – 6.3 million overnight – to BBC One. The first series averaged 7.3 million viewers.

Sally Wainwright’s heartfelt scripts combined with the outstanding and stellar cast involved meant we couldn’t resist a third series of award-winning drama, Last Tango In Halifax for 2014. I can’t wait to see where these wonderful characters and stories will take the audience to next. – Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning

The third series will go into production in 2014, to be broadcast later in the year.

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