Happy Valley

Series 1 - Episode 6



Tourism to the Dorset coast spiked in the aftermath of Broadchurch, but somehow I can’t see Happy Valley doing the same for West Yorkshire. However lovely the area looks, the events we’ve seen unfold in Sally Wainwright’s fictionalised Hebden Bridge – drugs, murder, rape, kidnap – would make any visitor think twice.

They’ve also made for one of the most emotionally gut-wrenching contemporary dramas BBC1 has shown. We’ve been riveted by the ordeals of police sergeant and grandmother Catherine Cawood, a wise and capable woman in a town full of nasty, clueless men. What a performance Sarah Lancashire has given – working with some of the best dialogue you’ll hear on TV.

Every minor character bursts with complicated, convincing life, but as the finale opens, many have reached rock-bottom. Catherine has to keep to her word and tell Nevison about the rape. Ashley is out on bail – and looks like a hunted animal. And if you’ve been wondering all along why Catherine is estranged from her grown-up son Daniel, we find out. But more important than all this: where is Tommy Lee Royce?


Things aren't looking good for the kidnappers, with Ashley under witness protection and Kevin awaiting trial. Clare's plan to cheer Catherine up with a birthday party fails miserably when the family ends up arguing, with Daniel revealing a few home truths. What none of them realise is that Tommy is back in Hebden Bridge, weakened by his injuries and hiding out in an abandoned narrowboat, where he starts plotting to see his son. Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, James Norton and Karl Davies star.

Cast & Crew

Catherine Cawood Sarah Lancashire
Kevin Weatherill Steve Pemberton
Tommy Lee Royce James Norton
Lewis Whippey Adam Long
Ashley Cowgill Joe Armstrong
Nevison Gallagher George Costigan
Clare Cartwright Siobhan Finneran
Ann Gallagher Charlie Murphy
Richard Cawood Derek Riddell
Ryan Cawood Rhys Connah
Helen Gallagher Jill Baker
Shafiq Shah Shane Zaza
Julie Mulligan Rachel Leskovac
Phil Crabtree Alan McKenna
Mike Taylor Rick Warden
Twiggy Amer Nazir
Daniel Cawood Karl Davies
Ros Cawood Kelly Harrison
Mrs Mukherjee Mina Anwar
Justine Hannah John-Kamen
Joyce Ishia Bennison
Lucy Cawood Amelia Young
Jamie Lockford Christian Foster
Cesco Sonny Cusworth
Praveen Badal Ramon Tikaram
Brett McKendrick Adam Nagaitis
Detective constable Frazer Hammill
Postman Kent Riley
Young mum Lizzie Nunn
Director Tim Fywell
Executive Producer Nicola Shindler
Executive Producer Sally Wainwright
Producer Karen Lewis
Writer Sally Wainwright
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