Christmas Eve episode of Last Tango in Halifax

Sally Wainwright (left), organiser Hannah Crank (centre) and Last Tango producer Karen Lewi at the Creative Calderdale event
Sally Wainwright (left), organiser Hannah Crank (centre) and Last Tango producer Karen Lewi at the Creative Calderdale event
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BAFTA winning screenwriter Sally Wainwright returned to her Calderdale roots to give a fascinating insight into her hugely successful career.

Her second series of “Last Tango in Halifax” hits TV screens this month and Sally revealed viewers can look forward to a Christmas Eve episode.

She was a guest of Creative Calderdale and attracted a packed audience to the Elsie Whiteley Centre, Halifax.

Sally was accompanied by Last Tango producer Karen Willis - who has now moved to Luddenden Foot to be in the heartland of where the series is set.

A dream of writing for “Coronation Street,” which she achieved, set Sally on the road to fame.

She revealed “At Home With the Braithwaites” about a lottery winning family was commissioned due to he popularity of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”

More high-profile dramas followed and her latest “Happy Valley” - also centred in Calderdale - starts filming on November 18 and is due on screen from April featuring Sarah Lancashire as a community support officer with a complicated home life.

“I like to tell good stories and characters and dialogue are very easy,” she said.

“I find writing the plot very hard.”

Sally said it’s important to put humour in her dramas and she is keen to choose the right locations.

“We communicate through humour - 99 per cent of people try to say something in a funny way and it’s important drama reflects these things,” she said.

Her work also includes: Scott & Bailey, Unforgiven, Sparkhouse, Bonkers, Dead Clever and The Amazing Mrs Pritchard.