Holdsworth House stars in Last Tango in Halifax

Behind the scenes at Holdsworth House on the set of Last Tango in Halifax. Kyte Photography
Behind the scenes at Holdsworth House on the set of Last Tango in Halifax. Kyte Photography
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Holdsworth House’s historical halls were cast a leading role in the filming of the second series of Last Tango in Halifax.

In keeping with local playwright Sally Wainwright’s grass roots, Calderdale landmarks and landscape have provided the back-drop to the BAFTA-winning drama.

Filming of the second series of Last Tango in Halifax at Holdsworth House, Halifax. Kyte Photography

Filming of the second series of Last Tango in Halifax at Holdsworth House, Halifax. Kyte Photography

In September, the Jacobean manor played host to headline cast members Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid and Sarah Lancashire.

The much-awaited second series ascends from the cliff upon which it was left at the end of series one - with tensions running high in health and love for protagonists Alan (Jacobi) and Celia (Reid) and daughter Caroline (Lancashire).

Written upon reflection of her mother’s discovery of love later in life, Sally Wainwright said: “The inspiration for LTIH was deeply personal so I am delighted that it also resonated with so many viewers - young and old.”

Locations manager Andy Morgan said: “A lot of the set location came from Sally Wainwright - she often drives around the area and frequents Holdsworth House regularly.

“It was a good case of where what the author envisages works well in film.”

Red Production Company, based in Salford, have been filming in Calderdale since summer.

Co-owner of Holdsworth House Gail Moss said: “I’m so thrilled that our former family home has made it into the script of such a brilliant TV drama series.”

Since the series aired in 2012, Holdsworth House has offered a taste of Yorkshire with their Last Tango Break.

Marketing manager Liz Howe said: “Scooping LTIH filming will help tourism.”

The manor house team are targeting the American market for tourism trade since airing of the first series in the US received strong reviews in the New York Times.

Catch the playwright in Calderdale:

Holdsworth House will welcome the return of Calderdale playwright Sally Wainwright, actress Anne Reid and series producer Karen Lewis in a Last Tango in Halifax dinner and discussion on November 28.

The evening, from 6:30pm includes a two-course dinner.

Tickets cost £35 per person, limited availability - all proceeds will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

See holdsworthhouse,co.uk or call 01422 240024 for more info.

Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, will host ‘Sally Wainwright - Made in Halifax’ on October 24, 6-9pm.

BAFTA winning screenwriter Sally Wainwright and producer Karen Willis will join the centre for a discussion on Calderdale’s heritage and the inspiration behind some of her well-known works: Last Tango in Halifax; Unforgiven; At Home with the Braithwaites.

Creative Calderdale’s Hannah Crank said: “It will be a great opportunity for those working in the screen industry to get involved.”

The event is free, register at creativecalderdale.eventbrite.co.uk