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 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.

Has the transmission date of Happy Valley season two been confirmed?

One of the most eagerly awaited TV events of the year is the return of Happy Valley, Sally Wainwright’s award-winning ‘northern noir’. Series one garnered all sorts of lavish critical praise, not least from this site, and the impending grimfest has got TV viewers into a lather. Although there has been no word from the…

Season 2 Of Happy Valley Adds Cast, Releases First Plot Lines

For many, last year’s stand-out crime drama was Happy Valley – Sally Wainwright’s northern noir, featuring an award-winning performance by Sarah Lancashire in the lead role as Catherine Cawood. It was taught, grim and edge-of-your seat stuff as Cawood and her nemesis, the rapist/murderer Tommy Lee Royce (James Morton), slugged it out until a bitter,…

Review: Happy Valley (S1 E6/6), Tuesday 3rd June

The day the final episode of Happy Valley was due to air I worked in an office. Over the aural hum of daily office life – a staccato thwack of a photocopier here, the thrum of a printer there – I kept hearing the words ‘Happy’ and ‘Valley’ intermittently throughout the day. “Oh my god, it’s…

We need to talk about Tommy: what will happen to Happy Valley’s villain?

Happy Valley is one of those series that demands deeper analysis. We sit there episode after episode, sweating, suffering palpitations and producing puddle-shallow breathing. After being put through the wringer every week it’s only fair that we get to ask WHY we’re being put through the wringer every week. One of those reasons is Tommy Lee Royce…

Is Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley A ‘Feminist Drama’?

First things first. The shocking and awful events in California at the weekend make the question in the headline even more sensitive. Why? Once again, the acts of a violent, deranged and angry young man have brought the subject of violence against women to the front of the global debate queue. These awful, shocking and brutal…

Interview: Sally Wainwright, Happy Valley

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…

So… let’s talk about *THAT* episode of Happy Valley

Half-way points in crime drama series can experience a bit of a lull, or signify a bit of a break in the action; the deep breath before the plunge into the home straight. But in Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley – regularly attracting over five million viewers – last night’s third episode of the series catapulted…