Filming for Last Tango in Halifax Christmas special gets underway in Calderdale

Last Tango in Halifax film base, at Halifax Vandals RUFC, Warley
Last Tango in Halifax film base, at Halifax Vandals RUFC, Warley

Calderdale is certainly living up to its ‘Callywood’ title as filming for Last Tango in Halifax gets underway.

The popular BBC show, penned by Sally Wainwright, will return to screens for a two-part festive special.

Film crews have been spotted in and around the area, including at the Halifax Vandals club in Warley, Shibden Park and the Shibden Mill Inn.

Sally Wainwright revealed that an upcoming Christmas special will see a “big story” for Nicola Walker’s character Gillian and her on-off partner Robbie.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival earlier in the year, she told Russell T Davies that the male character, played by Dean Andrews, represents one of the first times she’s written a “man story”.

“The Last Tango Christmas special I’ve just finished writing, there’s a big story with Gillian and Robbie and Robbie’s quite big in it,” she said when asked about her range of female characters.

“I was conscious of thinking, ‘I’m writing a really good part and it’s about a man. It’s a man story!’”

Wainwright also confirmed that plans for a third series of Happy Valley were in the pipeline.