"Last Tango in Halifax" to Return for a Fourth Season

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Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid in "Last Tango in Halifax" Season 3 (Photo: BBC)
This may seem surprising news to American fans, who haven't even seen Season 3 yet, but popular romantic drama Last Tango in Halifax has already been given the green light for a fourth season! The BBC officially announced the renewal via their Twitter account, following the conclusion of the show's third season run in the UK. 

The series stars Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as an older couple who found a second chance at love with one another thanks to the power of social media, fifty years after they first met. Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker play Alan and Celia's grown children, who lead rather drama-filled lives of their own.

This renewal isn't incredibly surprising news, given that the drama has continued to be a ratings hit for BBC One, drawing a consolidated audience of around 7 million viewers. Of course, since the annoucement immediately followed a season finale, there's no word on what we can expect the story to be about (which, given that us Yanks haven't seen S3 yet is actually a blessing in disguise, probably) or anything. Seems safe to assume that the filming schedule will rougly pattern itself after the third season's, but that's nothing but a complete (though, well thought out) guess.

Here's the news straight from the horse's mouth, as it were

American fans can still look forward to seeing the latest Halifax season for themselves - Season 3 will begin airing later this year on PBS stations nationwide. The third season picks up with Alan and Celia enjoying their time as a married couple - but of course their honeymoon period is when someone from Alan's past arrives unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Caroline and her pregnant partner Kate are planning a wedding (man, this show sure does love weddings...), an event which doesn't seem to be taken as good news by everyone in the family. Dun dun dun. Take a look at the Season 3 trailer to get a better feel for what might be coming up. (And a look at Sherlock star Rupert Graves, who joined the cast as a regular for this season.)

Aer you excited about the prospect of Alan and Celia's story continuing next year?