Last Tango in Halifax actress Sarah Lancashire begins shooting new crime drama in Yorkshire

The new six-part Sally Wainwright production Happy Valley will be set in Calderdale, West Yorkshire


Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango in Halifax) will star alongside Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen) and Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey) in Happy Valley – a new Sally Wainwright crime drama, which has begun filming in West Yorkshire.


“I’m pleased that we’re filming Happy Valley right in the heart of Calderdale in West Yorkshire,” explained Wainwright. “It’s going to be hard work, but on screen it will look stunning”.

The dark, humorous thriller will follow a police sergeant named Catherine (played by Lancashire) in rural Calderdale, who investigates after a staged kidnapping goes very, very wrong.

Sarah Lancashire said: “Happy Valley is a dark, funny, multi-layered thriller revolving around the personal and professional life of Catherine, a dedicated, experienced, hard-working copper. She is also a bereaved mother who looks after her orphaned grandchild. It’s an emotional, complex, challenging role. I’m terrified, exhausted and freezing cold but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

George Costigan (Unforgiven, Calendar Girls), Joe Armstrong (The Village, Robin Hood) and James Norton (Rush, Death Comes to Pemberley) will also star in the new drama. As will Adam Long (Spike Island, Waterloo Road), Karl Davies (Emmerdale, Game of Thrones), Ramon Tikaram (Casualty, Eastenders) and Charlie Murphy (Love/Hate, The Village). 

Happy Valley will air on BBC1 in 2014.

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