James Norton will return for Happy Valley series two

After her BBC1 thriller was named best drama at the Bafta TV awards, writer Sally Wainwright revealed a few details about what's in store for Sergeant Cawood and co

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Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright has revealed that James Norton, who plays quiet, disturbed villain Tommy Lee Royce in the drama, will be returning for series two.

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Speaking backstage after scooping the Bafta for best drama, Wainwright also teased the plot of the second series. “It’ll be a whole new ball game, with one story continuing and two whole new stories too.”

Series one ended with a terrifying hostage situation that led to Royce finally being caught by the police, and Sergeant Cawood – played by Sarah Lancashire – taking time off work to make a full mental recovery from the trauma she and her son had suffered. 

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Asked how Wainwright felt about winning the Bafta for her Yorkshire-set drama, she said: “I feel overwhelmed. I just remember talking about writing the show and saying ‘I hope people get it.’ We all knew we were working on something a bit special but not quite as special as it has been.”

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