It’s not every day you get to talk to an award-winning writer who is right at the top of their game, but that’s what The Killing Times did last week. Sally Wainwright is currently wowing all and sundry with her dark tale of kidnap and traumatic road to redemption, Happy Valley. Like most Wainwright dramas it starts off with one foot in one genre but ends up something much, much more. From At Home With The Braithwaites, Unforgiven, Scott & Bailey to the BAFTA-winning Last Tango In Halifax, Wainwright’s skill in wringing every last drop of tension from scenes while imbuing her characters with a supreme realness and believability has been her hallmark. Happy Valley is a continuation of her fine work, and it’s starting to get some momentum – people are starting to talk about it and starting to go to work the morning after the latest episode and say to their colleagues, “Did you SEE that?!” So after a stunner of a third episode what better time to speak with Sally? She proved to be engaging and insightful, and her words are after the jump.
With Prey, Vera, The Widower, Endeavour and the forthcoming Scott And Bailey, ITV has, once again, been pretty strong when it has come to crime drama this year. And what do you know? The network has followed up the announcement that Martin Clunes will take on the role of Arthur Conan Doyle (read all about that here), with the news that David Threlfall – so good in the recent Tommy Cooper biopic – will head up a new drama that deals with how DNA was first used in catching crimoes.
One of the things I’ve loved about Fargo is Lester’s story and in particular the deterioration of his hand. Ever since he battered his wife’s head in with a hammer and was present at the shooting of Vern Thurman, the wound he received in hand has evolved from a mild irritation to a swollen, pus-filled festerer of an infection that has caused Lester to go into delirious fever. And the state of his hand, of course, has mirrored Lester’s state of mind – the fear, anxiety and guilt of killing his wife and being caught first by Molly and, last week, Numbers and Wrench has increased as his hand has got worse. But this episode seemed to signify the end of Lester as a prime suspect and, finally, the treatment of his hand, as the wagons started to circle around Malvo.