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

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.


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. 


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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