Happy Valley

Series 1 - Episode 2



An ice cream van tinkles its way through the streets of Detective Sergeant Catherine Cawood’s small Yorkshire town. But as this is the most wretched community in the north, possibly even the entire country, it’s not selling Cornish Mivvis. Oh no, the clustering kids are after illegal highs from the drugs peddled by its driver.

Cawood’s patch is a miserable place and it just got that little bit darker after the kidnap of a young woman, the daughter of a local businessman. She’s bound and terrified in a garage, at the mercy of a predatory brute.

Sally Wainwright’s bleak drama doesn’t let up; it’s remorseless, because Happy Valley is a place where bad things happen and where bad people live. Catherine’s (Sarah Lancashire) family is scarred by tragedy and an outrageous miscarriage of justice that’s left her obsessed and trying to heal wounds that won’t close.


Nevison confides in Kevin about the kidnappers' ransom demands, making the accountant realise the enormity of the situation he has created. His boss now faces two problems - raising the money and telling his ill wife their daughter has been abducted. Catherine's search for Tommy gains momentum when she receives a tip-off regarding his whereabouts, much to the concern of Claire, who thought her sister had put all that in the past, and things are strained when Catherine's grandson Ryan makes an unwelcome appearance at a family dinner. Sarah Lancashire stars, with Steve Pemberton, George Costigan, James Norton, Karl Davies, Siobhan Finneran and Joe Armstrong.

Cast & Crew

Catherine Cawood Sarah Lancashire
Kevin Weatherill Steve Pemberton
Tommy Lee Royce James Norton
Lewis Whippey Adam Long
Ashley Cowgill Joe Armstrong
Nevison Gallagher George Costigan
Clare Cartwright Siobhan Finneran
Kirsten McAskill Sophie Rundle
Ann Gallagher Charlie Murphy
Richard Cawood Derek Riddell
Ryan Cawood Rhys Connah
Jenny Weatherill Julia Ford
Helen Gallagher Jill Baker
Shafiq Shah Shane Zaza
Joyce Ishia Bennison
Ros Cawood Kelly Harrison
Justine Hannah John-Kamen
Daniel Cawood Karl Davies
Lucy Cawood Amelia Young
Marcus Gascoigne Steven Hartley
Mickey Yip Paul Courtenay Hyu
Director Euros Lyn
Executive Producer Nicola Shindler
Executive Producer Sally Wainwright
Producer Karen Lewis
Writer Sally Wainwright
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