Happy Valley coming back to BBC One in 2022 for third series

We’ve speculated for the past five years whether Happy Valley will return for a third series. It’s never been ruled out, but each year we include it in our previews in the hope this year will be the year. Now today, the BBC has confirmed that the Sally Wainwright-created series will be returning in 2022…

Series three of Happy Valley confirmed by Sally Wainwright

It’s been a slow-moving saga, and it still might be, but screenwriter Sally Wainwright has now confirmed that series three of Happy Valley has now been greenlit. Series two of the internationally acclaimed crime drama aired in the UK three years ago and speculation has taken place ever since as to when a third series…

BBC Two confirms MotherFatherSon transmission date

Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon boasts a stellar cast, with Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle and Sarah Lancashire headling the eight-part series. US-born Max (Gere) is at the heart of British politics and power, owner of a media empire that includes newspapers and television stations. His aristocratic ex-wife Kathryn (McCrory) has been frozen out of…

Sarah Lancashire joins Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon

Last week we brought you news of Tom ‘Gianni Versace’ Rob Smith’s next project: an eight-part psychological thriller called MotherFatherSon for the BBC. The top-line news was that Richard Gere was to star alongside Helen McCrory, the US star’s first appearance on telly for a looooong time. Now we hear that the cast has been…

Review: Kiri (S1 E3/4), Wednesday 24th January, Channel 4

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE During the first two episodes of Jack Thorne’s brilliant four-part series, we’ve seen real human stories and flaws examined succinctly and dramatically as we’ve ever seen in a crime drama. It’s been a brilliant mix of that addictive whodunit element and social and human drama, and this week – as the series…

Review: Kiri (S1 E2/4), Wednesday 17th January, Channel 4

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Last week’s opening episode of Kiri – Jack Thorne’s four-part crime drama – set the bar very high indeed. It focused on Sarah Lancashire’s embattled social worker, Miriam Grayson, who encouraged a young girl go to her grandfather’s house for an unsupervised visit before she was to be fostered by a white…

Review: Kiri (S1 E1/4), Wednesday 10th January, Channel 4

Whenever Channel 4 produces its own drama, you sit up and take notice. The channel doesn’t produce anywhere near as much as it should, but when it does it’s usually of the highest quality. Past series (like last year’s Born To Kill, and things like the Red Riding trilogy and Samantha Morton and Tony Grisoni’s…

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,…