No new Happy Valley until ‘end of 2018 at the earliest’

It’s been a bumper news day for Sarah Lancashire fans. This morning we carried a story that the award-winning actress is set to appear in Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon, and now we get an update on the much-anticipated third series of Happy Valley.

Radio Times reports that Executive Producer, Nicola Shindler, spoke at a Broadcasting Press Guild event this week.

“We are working on a new idea for Sally for BBC1 which will be next year so the earliest Happy Valley would be would be towards the end of 2018, I would suspect.

“She won’t write the [Happy Valley] scripts for some time but Sally’s determined to do it, Sarah’s determined to do it.”

Shindler suggested that the third series of Happy Valley would need to wait to allow the character of Ryan to grow up. The young son of Catherine’s daughter was conceived by a rape perpetrated by the chief villain Royce, played by James Norton.

“Sally is thinking about a story and the story she is thinking about literally needs time. Because if you look at the characters that are left, there is Sarah, there is James Norton and there is a young boy, who the minute he turns into a teenager it becomes a much more interesting story.

“She doesn’t know what the story is yet. She is mulling it in her head but we are thinking about giving it a bit of space in story terms.”

This all sounds to us that RED Productions and Sally Wainwright will have to get their skates on if anything’s going to happen in 2018. What’s far more likely, in our opinion, is that production will start by the end of the year and the series will air in early 2019.

Still, watch this space – it’s good to hear that both Wainwright and Lancashire are committed to making this happen.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Seija says:

    Thanks for the article, Paul! Much needed and hoped for :) One question, though …”the earliest Happy Valley would be would be towards the end of 2018″ – what does that actually mean? They start writing the story or filming it or what?


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      I agree Seija, the original quote doesn’t give too much away, but as I said I think she means the production will start at the end of the year, at the earliest


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