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SORRY - I JUST DIDN'T LIKE IT
on 17 February 2015
Aware that I'm going to be shot down in flames here, but this series just didn't do anything for me. It's only fair to state that friends and other family members warmly enthused about "Last Tango" and it was at their urging that I gave it a try. It started with some promise, and there's no denying that the story of the two lead characters (beautifully played by Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi) is very touching, but I really struggled with their dysfunctional families. I understand the writer's objective in trying to create a "sweet and sour" contrast between the the old folks' tender love story and the abrasive and emotional upheaval within the rest of their families, but - for me - it just didn't work. You don't necessarily need sympathetic characters to become engaged in a story (and, heaven knows, it would be hard to find a less sympathetic shower than the selfish and self-pitying individuals revealed here) but they need to be believable. I just couldn't believe in most of "Tango's" cast and nor did I find many of the plot lines particularly plausible. In particular, the relationship between the rather ridiculous son-in-law, his wife and his drunken mistress stretched credulity to breaking point. Their misery-soaked shouting matches had me wondering at times if I'd tuned in to a particularly downbeat edition of "East Enders" !
Truly, I did want to like this show, and persevered in a desperate effort to see what friends and so many other viewers had found so engaging. However, towards the end of the third episode I decided I couldn't endure any more time in the company of such an unedifying bunch of characters and this DVD is heading for the charity shop.