Sunday, 1 March 2015

Connections Last Tango in Halifax+ By DJ Forrest

DW & TW Connections

Last Tango in Halifax+

By DJ Forrest

Last Tango in Halifax is a romantic drama series about two childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, who have been apart for 60 years and are reunited through Facebook.  It stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as Alan and Celia, and was written by Sally Wainwright who also brought us Happy Valley
The series began on 20th November 2012 and was nominated for four awards in the 2013 British Academy Television Awards. The lead cast of Jacobi, Reid and Sarah Lancashire were nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, while the series itself was nominated for the Best Drama Series and won.  Sally Wainwright also picked up an award for Best Writer at the 2013 British Academy Television Craft Awards.

Last Tango in Halifax isn’t ready to head off into the sunset, even if their elderly cast may have headed off on their honeymoon, a fourth series is set to air at the end of 2015.  I for one can’t wait!

There is one rather noticeable reason why this was added to our Connection’s page this month and that being…yes you’ve guessed it, the rather large amount of Doctor Who cast and crew involved in the production. 

It goes without saying that when I look down the credits list and spot familiar names I often smile and know what I’ll be researching in the coming weeks, and if anything it keeps those old grey cells in check during these long damp winter months. 

So for those, who like me want to know just how many cast and crew were in a production, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to…well you can if you want, but we’ve done it all the same.


Anne Reid played Celia for 18 episodes to date from 2012-2015.  Played Florence Finnegan - Smith and Jones (2007) Doctor Who    

Derek Jacobi played Alan for 18 episodes, to date from 2012-2015. Played Professor Yana/The Master - Utopia (2007) Doctor Who    

Sarah Lancashire played Caroline for 18 episodes from 2012-2015.  In Doctor Who played Miss Foster in Partners in Crime (2008).

Nina Sosanya played Kate for 18 episodes from 2012-2015.  In Doctor Who played Trish in Fear Her (2006)

Paul Copley played Harry for 10 episodes from 2012- 2015.  He played Clement McDonald in Torchwood’s Children of Earth, in all 5 episodes, uncredited in the last episode in (2009).

Rupert Graves played Gary in 6 episodes between 2014-2015. 
He played Riddell in Doctor Who: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship in 2012, although probably known better for his role as DI Lestrade in Sherlock.


Series Directed by

Euros Lyn for 6 episodes, 2012-2013.
Directed 12 episodes of Doctor Who from 2005 – 2010, was uncredited for The Beast Below in 2010.  Directed all 5 episodes of Torchwood’s Children of Earth 2009, including Doctor Who at the Proms ‘Music of the Spheres’ 2009, plus the TV short of the same name, and the 2005 Children in Need Special which introduced us to David Tennant as the New Doctor…ahh Barcelona!

Series Produced by

Des Hughes line producer for 6 episodes, 2012.  Series Music by Line Producer for 8 episodes of Doctor Who with 11th Doctor from 2012-2013
The Time of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, The Name of the Doctor, Nightmare in Silver, Journey to the centre of the TARDIS, The Rings of Akhaten, The Bells of St John, The Snowmen. 
Was an actor in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot 2013

Murray Gold for 6 episodes, 2012. 
Series Cinematography by Composer for 105 episodes of Doctor Who between 2005-2014, Dalek Squad 2014, BBC Proms: Prom 2: Doctor Who at the Proms (2013), Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor 2013, Doctor Who Confidential 2011 - Death is the only answer - uncredited.   Torchwood 18 Episodes 2006 - 2011, BBC Proms (TV Series) (1 episode) - Prom 10: Doctor Who at the Proms (2010) (Obviously Murray’s list is humungous and we will cover Murray more extensively in the future, because obviously Murray ROCKS)

Series Cinematography by Gavin Struthers for 6 episodes, 2013.
Director of Photography for The Power of Three - 2012 Doctor Who

Series Film Editing by

Richard Cox for 6 episodes, 2012-2015. 
The Next Doctor - Doctor Who (2008).  9 episodes of Torchwood 2006-2008 - Exit Wounds, Something Borrowed, A Day in the Death, Dead Man Walking, Adam, To the Last Man, Combat, Out of Time, Countrycide.

Crispin Green for 3 episodes, 2012.
Doctor Who 6 episodes including Forest of the Dead, Silence in the library, Fear Her, The Idiot's Lantern, The girl in the fireplace, Tooth and Claw (2006-2008)  

David Cresswell for 3 episodes, 2013.
4 episodes 2006, Doctor Who - Doomsday, Army of Ghosts, The Age of Steel, Rise of the Cybermen

Selina Macarthur for 3 episodes, 2013.
3 episodes Doctor Who 2013-2014, Time Heist, Listen and Journey to the centre of the TARDIS

Series Art Direction by Sophia Stapleton for 6 episodes, 2012.
Stand by art director for 1 episode Doctor Who 2011 - The Doctor, the widow and the wardrobe

Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Mick Pantaleo first assistant director for 6 episodes, 2012.
First assistant director for 3 episodes of Doctor Who from 2010 - 2011

Series Art Department

Holly Thurman assistant art director for 6 episodes, 2012.
Production buyer for Doctor Who 2012 - 2014

Series Sound Department

Mark Ryder sound effects editor for 6 episodes, 2014-2015.
Dubbing Mixer for 4 episodes of 12th again including Doctor Who Special (2013)

Series Stunts

Gordon Seed stunt coordinator for 5 episodes, 2012-2013.
Doctor Who stunt performer - 21 episodes, 2006 – 2014, stunt coordinator - 13 episodes, 2011 – 2014, assistant stunt coordinator - 1 episode, 2011, Matt Smith - 1 episode, 2010.

Dean Forster stunt coordinator / stunts for 4 episodes, 2012-2015.
Was Stunt performer in Doctor Who for 7 episodes during 2005 – 2014, plus performed stunts for two episodes of Who in 2007 – 2010.  In Torchwood performed stunts for 2 episodes during 2008-2009 both of which were uncredited. (Sleeper – 2008 & COE: Day Three 2009) And as stunt performer for Combat 2006 which he was credited for.

Abbi Collins stunts for 2 episodes, 2012.
In Doctor Who Abbi was a stunt coordinator for 11 episodes from 2006 – 2009, was stunt coordinator for SJA series for 12 episodes from 2007-2008.

Stephanie Carey stunts for  1 episode, 2012.
Was stunt performer for 6 episodes of Doctor Who from 2007 – 2013, also stunts in 1 episode in 2010, was a stunt performer in Torchwood COE: Day One uncredited.

Gary Hoptrough stunts for 1 episode, 2012. Torchwood (stunt performer - 1 episode) - Ghost Machine (2006) ... (stunt performer)

Series Camera and Electrical Department

Tom Williams first assistant camera: "a" camera / first assistant camera: "b" camera - dailies for 8 episodes, 2013-2015.
Was first assistant camera for 1 episode of Doctor Who in 2011 – uncredited

Ben Griffiths best boy for 6 episodes, 2012.
Was Electrician for 37 episodes of Doctor Who from 2007 – 2011.  Was electrician for Torchwood in 2009 for Children of Earth. 

Gareth Williams electrician for 6 episodes, 2012.
Was Electrician for 5 episodes of Torchwood – COE in 2009. 

Gavin Struthers camera operator for 6 episodes, 2013.
Was director of photography for 1 episode of Doctor Who in 2012 – The Power of Three. 

Sam Smithard second assistant camera for 3 episodes, 2015. Was Camera Assistant for 14 episodes of Doctor Who from 2012 – 2013.

James Leigh camera operator for 1 episode, 2013.
Was camera operator for 2 episodes of Doctor Who – Planet of the Dead in 2009 and The Girl Who Waited in 2011.  He was camera operator for 5 episodes of Torchwood – COE in 2009.

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