It’s not just fans of Sherlock who are having to wait patiently for the show’s fourth season and special to go into production next January — various members of the cast have also got several months in which to keep themselves busy until filming starts. One such actor is the show’s Inspector Lestrade, Rupert Graves, who has just been announced as a new addition to the cast of the popular romantic drama Last Tango in Halifax.
Last Tango first aired on the BBC in 2012, and is an unconventional drama about the relationship between two widowed septuagenarians, played by Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, who reconnect via a social networking site sixty years after they first met. The show has been hugely successful over the course of its two seasons so far, winning the BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2013. The first season also aired on PBS last year, and there has been talk of a possible U.S. remake featuring Diane Keaton.
Joining up with the show for its upcoming third season, Graves will play Alan Jackson, a potential love interest for one of the show’s lead characters, but one who may be hiding a surprising past. It’s likely to be one of the actor’s highest-profile roles outside of Sherlock, following his 2012 appearance in the Doctor Who episode “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, and a recurring role in last year’s historical drama The White Queen.
Did you watch season one of Last Tango? Are you looking forward to seeing more?