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Happy Valley 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | TV Series (2014– )
Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.


Sally Wainwright
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Series cast summary:
Sarah Lancashire ...  Catherine Cawood 13 episodes, 2014-2019
Siobhan Finneran ...  Clare Cartwright 12 episodes, 2014-2016
Shane Zaza ...  Shafiq Shah 12 episodes, 2014-2016
Charlie Murphy ...  Ann Gallagher 12 episodes, 2014-2016
James Norton ...  Tommy Lee Royce 12 episodes, 2014-2016
Rhys Connah Rhys Connah ...  Ryan Cawood 12 episodes, 2014-2016
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ...  Joyce 11 episodes, 2014-2016
Rick Warden ...  Mike Taylor 9 episodes, 2014-2016
George Costigan ...  Nevison Gallagher 9 episodes, 2014-2016
Karl Davies ...  Daniel Cawood 9 episodes, 2014-2016
Jill Baker ...  Helen Gallagher 7 episodes, 2014-2016
Kevin Doyle ...  John Wadsworth 6 episodes, 2016
Joe Armstrong ...  Ashley Cowgill 6 episodes, 2014
Steve Pemberton ...  Kevin Weatherill 6 episodes, 2014
Vincent Franklin ...  Andy Shepherd 6 episodes, 2016
Adam Long ...  Lewis Whippey 6 episodes, 2014
Katherine Kelly ...  Jodie Shackleton 6 episodes, 2016
Julie Hesmondhalgh ...  Amanda Wadsworth 6 episodes, 2016
Derek Riddell ...  Richard Cawood 6 episodes, 2014
Shirley Henderson ...  Frances Drummond 6 episodes, 2016
Madison Brown Madison Brown ...  Amber Wadsworth 6 episodes, 2016
James Senneck James Senneck ...  Ben Wadsworth 6 episodes, 2016


Catherine is a no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. When a staged kidnapping spirals out of control turning into a brutal series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home. Written by Anonymous

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29 April 2014 (UK) See more »

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Shirley Henderson (Frances Drummond) & Matthew Lewis (Sean Balmforth) also worked together on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) & Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) as Moaning Myrtle & Neville Longbottom respectively. See more »


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BAFTA material
4 June 2014 | by rven3See all my reviews

I thought 'Scott & Bailey" to be extraordinary - and it is - but "Happy Valley" is gut wrenching, heart stopping, uncomfortable, and totally, totally brilliant. Firstly, nothing of quality can be created without a very good script, and Sally Wainwright's script is her best yet, and rivals her Scott & Bailey scripts. The dialogue crackles with its own rhythm, and sharp observations of modern life, while the emerging story is all at once shocking as it is at times ordinary.

Happy Valley is the name the police use to describe this neck of the woods, around Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Drugs, unemployment, and the resultant crime are part of everyday life. Within this mix, we meet Catherine Cawood, a policewoman (formerly a detective) played by Sarah Lancashire. At the risk of throwing too many superlatives into this review, I believe Ms Lancashire should win a BAFTA in 2015 for her portrayal of a dedicated, often jaded, but loyal and determined copper. I *believed* her character, through her heroics, as well as her anti-heroism. Her ambivalence towards her young grandson is uncomfortable to watch, but completely understandable. It would be too easy to say that Sarah Lancashire *is* the show, but that would be unfair to some of the other fine performers, such as James Norton, George Costigan, Siobhan Finneran, and a stellar performance from Steve Pemberton, whose character, Kevin, sets off the whole mess of events which kept me breathless for the 6 episodes.

The environment - around Hebden Bridge and Halifax, in West Yorkshire - is beautiful, and the buildings appear to have grown directly out of the landscape, and while this may be an ancient environment, the problems which occupy the police all belong in the modern world. I am really hoping there will be a Series 2.

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