The series two finale of Happy Valley last night attracted a whopping 7.4million overnight viewers, and set social media alight with its tense climax. It felt like pretty much everyone in the entire country stood up to applaud Sarah Lancashire and the ensemble cast’s jaw-droppingly good performances, while writer Sally Wainwright rightly took the plaudits for the way she mixed brutal violence with heart-warming, quotidian stories of family and friendship. Last week we carried a story saying that there had been news reports suggesting that series three was on its way, and now Wainwright herself has spoken.
Appearing on BBC Breakfast this morning, and subsequently reported in The Mirror, Wainwright said about series three:
“What we’ve kind of decided is that because I’m so busy with other projects at the minute I haven’t got time to sit down and come up with stories. What I’d hate to do a third series and people say it wasn’t as good so I want time to go away and come up with stories that I think are going to make a third series that I think.”
Asked if this means we are going to have an extended wait for a third series, she said: “I think that’s probably a good way to sum it up.”
But asked if she was going to be leaving the series behind, she added: “No, I hope not.”
I’m pretty certain the whole cast needs a bit of a break after the events of series two, so a break for all is very much deserved.
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