Happy Valley update: series three likely for 2018

While it’s a bit of a news day and I’m waiting for carious things to come through on email, I thought I’d take a look and see where some our favourite crime dramas were in terms of making a return. One show that’s been quiet recently is Happy Valley, Sally Wainwright’s superior neo-Western, set in…

Sally Wainwright: Season three of Happy Valley ‘delayed’

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…

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E6/6), Tuesday 15th March, BBC1

So here we are. The end of another gruelling story for Catherine Cawood (the astonishing Sarah Lancashire) saw her edge closer to her and her family’s tormentor – Tommy Lee Royce’s foot soldier Frances – and also thrown into the dénouement of both the serial killer case and the case of John and his wicked…

News reports suggest Happy Valley recommissioned for a third season

PLEASE, JUST BLOODY CALM DOWN CRIME DRAMA WORLD. OK? I need to do some actual work here. What is it about yesterday and today? Already we’ve had news from The Bridge (here), Witnesses (here), Bosch (here), Sheridan Smith (here), something from ITV and Red Productions (here), So it has been quite a 24 hours or so,…

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E5/6), Tuesday 8th March, BBC1

With only one episode left we’re starting to enter the final straight of this second series of Happy Valley and storylines began to be tied up, with characters preparing to position themselves for their final showdowns. But before then there was a scene so extraordinary and emotional – which acted as a stunning twist and part of the moving on…

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E4/6), Tuesday 1st March, BBC1

So we’re over the hump and into the home straight with Happy Valley and there are three very definite story strands: the serial killer investigation; the murder of Vicky Fleming and John’s subsequent descent into madness; and Tommy Lee Royce’s revenge plan. It’s all bubbling up quite nicely, really.

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E3/6), Tuesday 23rd February, BBC1

The last time we saw Catherine Cawood, her world was falling apart. The re-emergence of Tommy Lee Royce and subsequent confrontation at his mother’s funeral made her superiors question her sanity, while her sister Clare’s spectacular fall off the wagon and her son Daniel’s failing marriage means that her home life is also in chaos….

Review: Happy Valley (S2 E2/6), Tuesday 16th February, BBC1

Happy Valley got off to a rip-roaring start last week with our heroine, Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), plunged into a new vortex of hellishness when she was accused of the brutal murder and sexual mutilation of her nemesis Tommy Lee Royce’s mother, Lynn Dewhurst. It was something new for Catherine – her identity and persona…

Review: Happy Valley (S1 E1/6), Tuesday 9th February, BBC1

So here we go then. The award-winning Happy Valley – written by the excellent Sally Wainwright and starring Sarah Lancashire, who put in an an arguably career-defining shift in series one – is back for a second, eagerly awaited six-episode run. That first series was just a brutal battle royale between local copper Catherine Cawood…

Interview: James Norton, Happy Valley

Alongside Sarah Lancashire’s Catherine Cawood, James Norton’s Tommy Lee Royce formed a internecine relationship – both intent on destroying each other for differing reasons. Royce also signified Norton’s break-out role, and since then he’s gone on to become a familiar face on our screens, thanks to Grantchester and, more recently, War And Peace. As he…

Interview: Sarah Lancashire, Happy Valley

Sarah Lancashire put in an extraordinary, award-winning performance as embattled Sergeant Catherine Cawood in the first, brutal series of Happy Valley. Having vanquished her mortal enemy, Tommy Lee Royce, Catherine is back policing the mean streets of Hebden Bridge. We got hold of an interview with Sarah Lancashire, which you can read after the jump.