Diane Keaton to re-make Sally Wainwright’s ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ for an American audience

Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton

The hugely popular Last Tango in Halifax written by Calderdale writer Sally Wainwright will be re-cast for American viewers.

Hollywood star Diane Keaton has acquired the rights to the BBC 1 hit with a view to it being recast and broadcast on cable channel HBO.

Before that the original series is being aired on American PBS.

Ms Keaton is a star of films including “Annie Hall” and “Something’s Gotta Give,” and her plans were revealed by Mrs Wainwright at a recent Broadcasting Press Guild lunch.

Mrs Wainwright said she would have an associate producer role on the US version, but did not expect to be closely involved.

The romantic drama is about two widowed and retired pensioners who were childhood sweethearts, and they rekindled their romance via Facebook.

It stars Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi and much of the filming features Calderdale.

The second series of Last Tango In Halifax hits the screens shortly and it was one of BBC1’s biggest-rating new shows of 2012.

A third series is also planned.