Yet again playing devil’s advocate for Last Tango in Halifax

Another series and another set of knee jerk reactions from a group of fans (if you don’t know that I’m lesbian in all my writings thus far, so be it) pissed off with the direction of the series, saying they’re not going to watch any more. Well, you know what, if you can’t be bothered to stick around for the rest of the series because the Caroline and Kate storyline is the ONLY one you watch/care about/fast-forward through the rest: bye, see ya later. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. That’s not to say at all that I wouldn’t be very sad and disappointed if she did die. I would. But you’re missing out on some brilliantly written drama.

Last Tango in Halifax is a drama series. If you look at the word, drama, it means ‘a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage; a play.’ and/or ‘any situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking interest or results’ (

Playing devil’s advocate here for a moment, again.

1. Yes, Kate’s been in an accident where at this exact moment her life has been threatened. That does not mean that she is dead and I will continue to hope that she’s NOT dead until the end of S3. IF she does die, I’ll be like many of you, curled up with a box of tissues, my cat and/or teddy bear, and bawling my eyes out. And glad I don’t have to work next Sunday night.

2. It’s unreasonable not to expect their relationship to have ups and downs, or bad things happen at times when the shit keeps hitting the fan with the other characters: Gillian’s disasterous choices with men, Alan and Celia facing 1st Alan’s heart attack, and now long-lost son added to the mix, John’s idiotic behaviour, Ellie leaving school to get a job, Harry drunkenly upending his narrowboat in the canal. You can’t expect that Caroline and Kate wouldn’t face more than one challenge in their relationship than just the issue of Kate’s method to get pregnant. It’s not going to be all puppy dogs and unicorns for them when the shit keeps coming for the others.

3. There are probably quite a few tropes involving the other characters as well, as what Caroline & Kate have faced. For instance long-lost child of an affair. Not like THAT hasn’t been done a million times over by different writers over many years of film, theatre, television. This show, as lovely as it is, and has wonderfully as their relationship has been written so far, is NOT just about Caroline and Kate’s relationship.

Sally Wainwright has written a brilliant drama (several of them, in fact), where the consequences of actions are usually more important than the actions themselves, and how the characters deal with the fallout.

If you leave now, without watching to the end of the series to find out the outcome, to quote Caroline Dawson, “It says more about you, than it ever will about me.”

*Please, if you are going to comment, do not include spoiler information in your responses. I don’t want to know what’s coming in advance of watching.

About jlynnstapleton

I'm a Licensed Practical Nurse, photographer and writer. My focus in photography has been primarily landscapes, particularly water based images, both in colour and black and white. I love to travel when I can and sometimes find some unique treasures to photograph. I also enjoy writing these blogs and doing interviews when I can. I'm the oldest of three siblings. I grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland [Canada]. I came out as a lesbian when I was twenty-one, and fortunately I've had a supportive family, and friends.
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2 Responses to Yet again playing devil’s advocate for Last Tango in Halifax

  1. As someone who was involved with dramatics in college & then in the community for 12-15 years afterward, … and someone who was inducted into dramatics honoraries, etc. we were taught that at its most basic ‘drama’ comes from the Greek meaning, ‘to do’ and ‘to do for the love of doing it’ and also Alpha & Omega, the beginning and the end. To do for the love of doing it is why there’s no shame in being an amateur rather than a professional. To do itself is somehwat akin to ‘to be’ and ‘to act out’. Specific items that are at different times said to be included in dramas have changed over time. Just sayin’.

    A part of this is supported on down in the page:

    Word Origin and History for drama n.

    1510s, from Late Latin drama “play, drama,” from Greek drama (genitive dramatos) “play, action, deed,” from dran “to do, act, perform” (especially some great deed, whether good or bad), from PIE *dere- “to work.” Drama queen attested by 1992.

  2. Like you, I have no intention of abandoning this show, no matter what happens. I may not LIKE what happens, but I’ll be back again to watch.

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