Happy Valley will “probably” get a third series… but there might be a wait

Writer Sally Wainwright has teased Catherine Cawood's return on BBC Breakfast

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Happy Valley series two went out in a blaze of televisual glory on BBC1 last night, but writer Sally Wainwright says we haven’t seen the last of Catherine Cawood – although we might have to wait a while until she returns to screens.

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“What we’ve decided is that because I’m so busy with other projects at the moment, I haven’t got time to sit down and come up with the stories” she told BBC Breakfast this morning.

“What I’d hate to do is do a third series and people say it wasn’t as good so I want time to go away and really come up with stories that I think are going to make a third series”, Wainwright added.

“So there might be one but there might be a wait?”, presenter Louise Minchin asked. “I think that’s probably a good way to sum it up, yes”, the writer replied.

“You’re not turning your back on it entirely – that’s not the end of it?”, Dan Walker queried, just to be doubly sure. “No. I hope not”, said Wainwright.

Having to wait for a new series is nothing new for Happy Valley fans – there was an 18 month gap between series one and two, and it was certainly well worth the wait. Especially for a second series that came to such a brutal but brilliant crescendo with Sarah Lancashire and Kevin Doyle delivering searing performances.

“I watched it by myself on quite a small telly” said Wainwright of the episode, which she revealed was in the editing suite until just the week before last.

And as for those complaints about mumbling? She’s not entirely sure where they’re coming from.

“I think we were all mystified by it because we were in post production here until very recently and when it leaves the dub, the episode is technically perfect,” Wainwright explained. “As the series transmission went on, we became more and more conscious of being in the dub listening really carefully, trying to be objective about it. We brought a very ordinary telly in to listen to it on that.

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“I do find it bemusing for every person who said ‘I can’t hear it’, there were many people saying ‘I can hear it’.”


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