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Wainwright, who also wrote the award-winning police drama Happy Valley, told an audience Last Tango In Halifax had been praised for "empowering" those in same-sex relationships by showing them to be "normal".But, she said, the programme was nearly never made after her pilot episode was turned down by the BBC and ITV, and was saved only when the corporation finally realised "the audience did have people over 50".A critic for The Daily Telegraph summarised the series as "a triumph against TV's ageism", and it has been endorsed by an executive member of the charity Age UK.Ahead of the American premiere, a critic for the Los Angeles Times described it as "the best new show of the fall".Caroline's discomfort with Celia's discussing her sex life is based on a conversation Wainwright had with her mother.Alec died three years into their marriage, but according to Wainwright she was "delighted" to have their relationship dramatised; Wainwright believes Last Tango in Halifax is "a celebration of how fantastic the whole thing was".
Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker star as Caroline, Celia's daughter, and Gillian, Alan's daughter, respectively.
They were attracted to each other in the 1950s, but never expressed their feelings, and Celia moved away with her parents.
In the present day, they are reunited after being persuaded to join Facebook by their respective grandchildren.
After their reunion, Alan and Celia discover that they still feel as passionately for each other as they did when they were teenagers.
Their story is described as a "testament of the uplifting power of love at any age".
Though largely biographical, the series does contain some invented story lines.