Happy Valley: Mixed messages from Sarah Lancashire whether she will return for a third series

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Programme Name: Happy Valley series 2 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 4) - Picture Shows:  Catherine (SARAH LANCASHIRE) - (C) Red Productions - Photographer: Ben Blackall

 (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Ben Blackall

Ever since the second series of Happy Valley came to a nerve-wracking climax, there has been much speculation as to whether a third series would be forthcoming. Reports a few days before the finale (read that here) aired suggested that a third series is indeed in the pipeline, which was augmented by showrunner Sally Wainwright herself when she appeared on BBC Breakfast, confirming that she would like to bring it back. However, there have been some seriously mixed messages from the show’s star, Sarah Lancashire, about whether she would be returning.

Things were looking bleaker than the slate-grey skies around Hebden Bridge when it came to the prospects of Lancashire appearing in a third series when, in an article in the Daily Mail (story here), which quoted Lancashire on-set saying:

“It’s the end of the story for Happy Valley. I wouldn’t want it to go to a third series, I really wouldn’t – then it becomes something else. ‘We set out to tell a story and we have told it. ‘The temptation is you see something that is great and you think, “This can run and run and run”, but then it becomes a homogenised, diluted thing.”

But then, earlier today, OK magazine (story here) says that: “Producers were said to be shocked by the admission that she had “ruled herself out”, worried the series could no longer continue.”

They quoted somebody – presumably someone from Red Productions – saying: “Sarah and Sally have been talking and Sarah would be very keen to revisit Catherine Cawood.”

Who can say whether which side of the story is correct at this stage. All we know is that Sally Wainwright herself says she’d like to pen a third series, but take a bit of a break first. But the question, at this stage, remains: could Happy Valley survive without Catherine Cawood and Sarah Lancashire?

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