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New Crime Series 'Happy Valley' on Netflix

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From the creator of "Last Tango in Halifax" comes the British police drama, Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire ("Coronation Street") as Yorkshire police sergeant Catherine Cawood, a strong-willed officer coping with the suicide of her daughter and struggling to raise the young son she left behind.

Happy Valley is a British drama television series that was first aired on BBC One on 29 April 2014. The six-part series was written by Sally Wainwright and directed by Euros Lyn, Sally Wainwright and Tim Fywell. BBC One producers were in discussion with Wainwright regarding a possible second series and confirmed on 18 August that the series had been renewed. It now will join Netflix' lineup of original programs.

Just as Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is coming to terms with the suicide of her daughter. and seems to be getting back on top of her life, she spots Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man she believes to be responsible for the events that drove her daughter to suicide, walking the streets of her town. She soon becomes obsessed with finding Royce, unaware that he is involved in the secret kidnapping of Ann Gallagher (Charlie Murphy), a plot orchestrated by Ashley Cowgill (Joe Armstrong). Things quickly take a dark turn as they scramble to keep the kidnapping secret, although Catherine is on to them.

Cast
Main cast
Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood: a police sergeant
Steve Pemberton as Kevin Weatherill: accountant for Nevison Gallagher
Siobhan Finneran as Clare Cartwright: Catherine's sister
George Costigan as Nevison Gallagher: a successful businessman
Joe Armstrong as Ashley Cowgill: a property developer and drug dealer
James Norton as Tommy Lee Royce: a convicted drug offender suspected of raping Catherine's daughter
Adam Long as Lewis Whippey: an employee of Ashley
Charlie Murphy as Ann Gallagher: Nevison's daughter

Selected Netflix member comments:

It is unbelievable that this series rates only 3 stars....who are they kidding. This is gripping, edge-of-the-seat stuff. Gritty, realistic, brilliantly written and acted. Must rate 5 stars!

I'm thrilled Happy Valley is here for Americans to watch. I was able to watch it when it aired in the UK. Every episode is a hold your breath and hug your knees you are in for a ride. Brilliantly acted, and fantastic writing. A must watch!

I am altogether uncertain why this series hit Netflix with no reviews but only 3 stars. Happy Valley is not for everyone, but it is tightly written and beautifully acted. Sarah Lancashire brings a profound depth and humanity to the role of beleaguered Catherine Cawood, and she is supported by a brilliant cast. If you've the fortitude for genuine police drama, do not miss this show.

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