Filming begins on final series of Happy Valley

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Happy Valley 2Filming has just begun in West Yorkshire on the third and final series of Happy Valley starring Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Cawood, with James Norton and Siobhan Finneran reprising their roles as murderer and sex-offender Tommy Lee Royce, and Catherine’s sister Clare, respectively.  


The six new episodes from creator Sally Wainwright are produced by Lookout Point with AMC Networks on board as co-producers. It is directed by Patrick Harkins and Fergus O’Brien, with Chris Clough as series producer, and Jessica Taylor as producer.


Executive producers are Wainwright and Lancashire, with Faith Penhale and Will Johnston for Lookout Point, and Ben Irving for the BBC. 


The BBC One drama was last shown in 2016, when S2 drew an average audience of 9.3 million. The first two series each won the BAFTA Television awards for both Drama Series and Writing: Drama for Sally Wainwright, with Sarah Lancashire winning the BAFTA Television award for Leading Actress for series two.


When Catherine discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir it sparks a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce. Her grandson Ryan is now sixteen and still living with Catherine, but he has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father. Still battling the seemingly never-ending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement.


Wainwright said of Series 3: “I'm delighted to find myself back in the world of Catherine Cawood and her family and colleagues for the final instalment of the Happy Valley trilogy. It’s been wonderful to see the lasting impact this series has had on audiences all over the world.

 

"I’m thrilled that Sarah, James and Siobhan are back on board for what I hope will be the best season yet, and thrilled once again to be working with the wonderful team at Lookout Point, the BBC and our new colleagues at AMC.”



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