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Happy Valley 

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Yorkshire based crime drama centring on the personal and professional life of Police Sergeant Catherine Cawood.

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Sally Wainwright
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2016   2014   Unknown  
22 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Sarah Lancashire ...  Catherine Cawood 15 episodes, 2014-2016
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 ...  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
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Following the second series in 2016, it was announced that Sarah Lancashire was unlikely to return to her lead role as Catherine Cawood; though it was announced several days later that Lancashire had had second thoughts and would be up for returning. See more »

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Featured in Gogglebox: Episode #7.1 (2016) 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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29 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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