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Happy Valley

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

When a kidnap spirals out of control, Yorkshire police sergeant Catherine Cawood comes face to face with the man who destroyed her family.

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Episode 5: Happy Valley

Summary

After last week's dramatic cliffhanger, viewers might be forgiven for thinking dedicated Yorkshire sergeant Catherine Cawood had reached the end of the line in Sally Wainwright's dark drama - but with two episodes still to go, it's clear the story isn't over yet. The repercussions of the attack are felt far and wide and while Catherine remains critical, Ann is discharged from hospital. The net finally closes in on Kevin and Ashley - but Tommy is still at large. Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton and Siobhan Finneran star.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

That Sally Wainwright knows how to write a cliffhanger. You’ve probably spent a good while drumming your fingers and staring into the middle distance as you pondered police officer Catherine Cawood’s fate. Here, we find out.

The previous episode could easily have marked the end of Happy Valley’s story, but Wainwright takes us in different and unexpected directions – this is still only the penultimate instalment. So we are led into the aftermath of the inept kidnap plot.

There is damage, squalor and brutality, and painful emotional fallout. Lives are wrecked and there are difficult conversations. But these are when Wainwright comes into her own – she can write such real-sounding dialogue and she takes great care to make supporting characters flourish. Like Catherine’s kindly sister, Clare (the brilliant Siobhan Finneran), who has to mend lives. Not easy.

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Cast

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Catherine CawoodSarah Lancashire
Kevin WeatherillSteve Pemberton
Tommy Lee RoyceJames Norton
Lewis WhippeyAdam Long
Ashley CowgillJoe Armstrong
Nevison GallagherGeorge Costigan
Clare CartwrightSiobhan Finneran
Ann GallagherCharlie Murphy
Richard CawoodDerek Riddell
Ryan CawoodRhys Connah
Jenny WeatherillJulia Ford
Helen GallagherJill Baker
Shafiq ShahShane Zaza
Julie MulliganRachel Leskovac
Phil CrabtreeAlan McKenna
Mike TaylorRick Warden
TwiggyAmer Nazir
Brett McKendrickAdam Nagaitis
Young BeckyDara Bradley
Daniel CawoodKarl Davies
DC Christine WhittakerKaya Brady
Ros CawoodKelly Harrison
Mrs BeresfordOlwen May
HimselfPhil Bodmer
Abduh RehmanRory Girvan
HimselfSimon McCoy
Graham ReidJohn Gully
Mrs MukherjeeMina Anwar
Sam CowgillMichael Hughes
Patrol officer 1Dominic Kay
Patrol officer 2Ryan Cerenko
Detective constableIan Sharp
AnaesthetistShameem Ahmad
SurgeonIan Champion
House-to-house officerDanny Seward

Crew

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DirectorTim Fywell
Executive producerNicola Shindler
Executive producerSally Wainwright
ProducerKaren Lewis
WriterSally Wainwright

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  • Episode 5

    Happy Valley

    Summary

    After last week's dramatic cliffhanger, viewers might be forgiven for thinking dedicated Yorkshire sergeant Catherine Cawood had reached the end of the line in Sally Wainwright's dark drama - but with two episodes still to go, it's clear the story isn't over yet. The repercussions of the attack are felt far and wide and while Catherine remains critical, Ann is discharged from hospital. The net finally closes in on Kevin and Ashley - but Tommy is still at large. Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton and Siobhan Finneran star.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    That Sally Wainwright knows how to write a cliffhanger. You’ve probably spent a good while drumming your fingers and staring into the middle distance as you pondered police officer Catherine Cawood’s fate. Here, we find out.

    The previous episode could easily have marked the end of Happy Valley’s story, but Wainwright takes us in different and unexpected directions – this is still only the penultimate instalment. So we are led into the aftermath of the inept kidnap plot.

    There is damage, squalor and brutality, and painful emotional fallout. Lives are wrecked and there are difficult conversations. But these are when Wainwright comes into her own – she can write such real-sounding dialogue and she takes great care to make supporting characters flourish. Like Catherine’s kindly sister, Clare (the brilliant Siobhan Finneran), who has to mend lives. Not easy.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Catherine CawoodSarah Lancashire
    Kevin WeatherillSteve Pemberton
    Tommy Lee RoyceJames Norton
    Lewis WhippeyAdam Long
    Ashley CowgillJoe Armstrong
    Nevison GallagherGeorge Costigan
    Clare CartwrightSiobhan Finneran
    Ann GallagherCharlie Murphy
    Richard CawoodDerek Riddell
    Ryan CawoodRhys Connah
    Jenny WeatherillJulia Ford
    Helen GallagherJill Baker
    Shafiq ShahShane Zaza
    Julie MulliganRachel Leskovac
    Phil CrabtreeAlan McKenna
    Mike TaylorRick Warden
    TwiggyAmer Nazir
    Brett McKendrickAdam Nagaitis
    Young BeckyDara Bradley
    Daniel CawoodKarl Davies
    DC Christine WhittakerKaya Brady
    Ros CawoodKelly Harrison
    Mrs BeresfordOlwen May
    HimselfPhil Bodmer
    Abduh RehmanRory Girvan
    HimselfSimon McCoy
    Graham ReidJohn Gully
    Mrs MukherjeeMina Anwar
    Sam CowgillMichael Hughes
    Patrol officer 1Dominic Kay
    Patrol officer 2Ryan Cerenko
    Detective constableIan Sharp
    AnaesthetistShameem Ahmad
    SurgeonIan Champion
    House-to-house officerDanny Seward

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTim Fywell
    Executive producerNicola Shindler
    Executive producerSally Wainwright
    ProducerKaren Lewis
    WriterSally Wainwright

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