The BEST Episodes of Last Tango in Halifax

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 2, 2020

Network: BBC One

Celia and Alan are both widowed and in their seventies. When their respective grandsons put their details on Facebook, they rediscover a passionate relationship that started over sixty years ago.

Christmas Special (2)

#1 - Christmas Special (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 20, 2016

Caroline tells Gillian the truth about why she had to take the new headship, and Gillian's mounting guilt over Eddie's death drives her to make a life-changing decision. Celia takes to the stage in the local production of Blithe Spirit and a twist of fate means Alan is forced to confront his fears.

star 8.29
225 votes
Christmas Special (1)

#2 - Christmas Special (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 19, 2016

Caroline's new headship involves the family moving to a ramshackle farmhouse in Huddersfield in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gilian about where he'd like to be buried. Meanwhile, Gillian is consumed by thoughts of the afterlife convinced she's being haunted by Eddie.

star 8.15
225 votes
Episode 2

#3 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 4, 2015

Alan finally lets Celia into his secret about Gary but is saddened when Celia punishes Caroline on her wedding day for his mistake.

star 8.15
114 votes
Episode 6

#4 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 1, 2015

It's the day of Gillian and Robbie's wedding, and as all the guests begin to arrive at the venue, the bride suffers a serious case of cold feet. Caroline tries to get to the bottom of her stepsister's reluctance - and it isn't long before she admits the reasons for not wanting such a big ceremony. Meanwhile, with Celia's encouragement, Alan takes the first step toward forgiving Gary.

star 8.09
93 votes
Episode 5

#5 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 25, 2015

John has an unexpected proposal for Caroline, but she soon has greater things to worry about when she receives a phone call to say the police have baby Flora and her nanny Holly is in the cells. Gary's attempts to ingratiate himself into the family become tiring, and while Alan tries to distance himself from his son, Gillian is less than impressed when her half-brother offers to pay for her wedding.

star 7.97
94 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Sally Wainright
Episode 3

#6 - Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 8, 2020

Alan's new supermarket job brings an unexpected challenge in the form of Harrison, and an overburdened Celia is called upon to travel by bus.

star 7.93
40 votes
Episode 1

#7 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 28, 2014

An unexpected visitor forces Alan to think about his past. Gillian and Caroline are anxious - his decision to keep his secret from Celia is sure to backfire. Meanwhile Caroline and a heavily pregnant Kate set a date for their wedding.

star 7.92
114 votes
Directors: Nigel Cole
Writers:
Episode 3

#8 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 11, 2015

Despite some reservations, Celia takes tentative steps to improve her relationship with Alan and accept Gary into her life. Though things are still fraught between her and Caroline, she readily offers support when some devastating news is received.

star 7.87
87 votes
Episode 1

#9 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 20, 2012

Two widowers rekindle a passionate relationship that fate stole from them decades ago.

star 7.86
249 votes
Episode 4

#10 - Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 15, 2020

Ted and Harrison go on an adventure, Gillian is pushed to breaking point at the farm, and Caroline finds herself at the heart of an unlikely love triangle. Alan and Celia find reason to laugh together again, but sobering news awaits them at home.

star 7.84
45 votes
Episode 4

#11 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 18, 2015

Caroline is overwhelmed at the prospect of looking after the new baby, until a stranger walks into her life who may be the answer to her prayers. Raff is delighted at the news that his mum and uncle are getting married.

star 7.82
82 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Sally Wainright
Episode 2

#12 - Episode 2

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 1, 2020

Celia is quick to apologise for causing a scene, but with Alan seeking excitement outside the bungalow, and Celia seeking it within, their relationship comes under increasing strain. Questions are raised when Ted, arrives, fresh off a long-haul flight with a lifetime worth of luggage and further surprises in tow. Raff is left speechless when a giraffe turns up at Far Slack Farm, and Gillian is riddled with old anxieties when it brings unwarranted attention to the barn. Aspiring YouTube sensations Lawrence and Angus pitch a tent in Gillian’s field. Meanwhile, Caroline and Ruth get on like a house on fire, until things take an unexpected turn. And as Judith looks to the future, John begins to look the other way.

star 7.67
39 votes
Episode 5

#13 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 17, 2013

Celia introduces Alan to her sister, Muriel. Caroline is shocked to find out that Kate is pregnant. Gillian gets drunk and shares a dark secret with Caroline.

star 7.60
154 votes
Episode 1

#14 - Episode 1

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 23, 2020

Seven years into their marriage, Alan and Celia aren’t seeing eye to eye. Tempers get frayed at Caroline and Gillian’s joint birthday celebration when Celia can’t hold her tongue.

star 7.41
39 votes
Episode 2

#15 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 27, 2012

Celia and Alan decide to buy an extravagant sports car instead of an engagement ring.

star 7.32
226 votes
Episode 4

#16 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 10, 2013

Sad news inspires Alan and Celia to have another wedding ceremony for family and friends; Caroline and Kate spend a weekend away, but it doesn't go as planned; and Judith causes trouble between Gillian and Robbie.

star 6.88
186 votes
Episode 6

#17 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 19, 2012

Gillian and Robbie grow closer, and Alan calls the wedding off.

star 6.84
249 votes
Episode 4

#18 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 11, 2012

Caroline and Gillian become unexpectedly close when Alan and Celia go missing all night.

star 6.50
218 votes
Episode 5

#19 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 18, 2012

Alan finds it hard to choose his best man, and John outs Caroline and Kate.

star 6.50
216 votes
Episode 3

#20 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 4, 2012

Celia and Alan's search for a wedding venue leaves them trapped in a haunted mansion.

star 6.29
222 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers:
Episode 2

#21 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 26, 2013

Alan and Celia's first day as a married couple is full of tension. A new arrival manages to surprise everybody. Caroline finds a way to buy John out of the house.

star 6.26
189 votes
Episode 3

#22 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 3, 2013

Gillian is upset after Celia inadvertently lets slip a huge personal secret she has kept since she was fifteen. Alan and Gillian's already relationship hits the rocks as he distances himself from her even motre. Kate is made to feel awkward around Lawrence, who finds his mother's new relationship hard to accept.

star 6.18
183 votes
Episode 1

#23 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 19, 2013

Alan has regained consciousness following his heart scare and Celia promises to never fall out with him again. They decide that they should get married straight away. Caroline and John's relationship becomes fractious after Caroline returns home to discover him and and Judith drunk and in her bed.

star 6.04
186 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers:
Episode 6

#24 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 24, 2013

Gillian wakes up having spent the night on the sofa. As she remembers her confession to Caroline the night before she is terrified. Caroline ends up being filled with empathy though. Preparations are underway for Alan and Celia’s big day.

star 5.95
165 votes