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Sally Wainwright and Sarah Lancashire to attend Last Tango screening and audience Q&A

SALLY Wainwright and Sarah Lancashire will attend a screening celebrating the hotly-anticipated new series of TV hit Last Tango in Halifax.

The Bafta-winning BBC drama, about a couple who find love in later life, is largely shot in Calderdale, but locations in the Bradford district have appeared in previous series.

The show, written by Sally Wainwright, is returning soon - four years after the last series aired as two Christmas specials in December 2016.

Fans are invited to take part in a prize draw for tickets for an exclusive screening at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax on Wednesday, February 5. Sally Wainwright will be joined by Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker, who star in the drama, for an audience Q&A following a screening of the first episode.

Last Tango in Halifax, which began in 2012, is the story of rekindled passion between widowed pensioners Celia Dawson and Alan Buttershaw, played by Anne Reid and Sir Derek Jacobi. Celia and Alan first met in the 1950s but lost touch. Reunited on Facebook over half a century later, they run into ongoing problems with their disapproving grown-up daughters, Caroline, a headteacher, and Gillian, a farmer, and their own families.

Sally Wainwright’s TV drama Gentleman Jack - about pioneering landowner and diarist Anne Lister who lived at Shibden Hall - was one of the biggest TV hits of 2019. The BBC series, starring Suranne Jones, was partly filmed in Little Germany and Saltaire in 2018. The cast also included Bradford actress Natalie Gavin.

Gentleman Jack, which was a hit in America too, was a huge boost to tourism to Calderdale and Shibden Hall in particular, bringing millions of pounds into the local economy.

Last year, the Telegraph & Argus reported that Ms Wainwright is to receive the Freedom of the Borough of Calderdale in recognition of her contribution to the area, which features as a backdrop in many of her dramas.

The Bafta-winner also wrote and directed To Walk Invisible, a 2016 television film about the Bronte sisters which was filmed in Haworth and nearby Penistone Hill in a specially-built , meticulously detailed replica of the family’s parsonage home and surrounding streets and buildings.

The Bradford UNESCO City of Film team was involved in helping cast and crew to film locally on both To Walk Invisible and Gentleman Jack.

Ms Wainwright’s other TV dramas include Happy Valley, Scott and Bailey and Keeping Up With The Braithwaites, about a lottery-winning family, which was filmed in Bradford.

* Tickets for the Last Tango in Halifax screening are available through a random draw. The eadline to enter is 9am on Monday, January 27. Go to bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/last-tango-5feb20