The BBC confirms that the crime drama Happy Valley will film its third and final season in 2022 – after SIX YEARS wait
The BBC has confirmed that Happy Valley is in a final season and will begin shooting in early 2022 after season two ends in 2016.
In six new episodes of the BAFTA-winning crime drama show, Sarah Lancashire returns as Sergeant Catherine Cawood and James Norton as murderer and sex offender Tommy Lee Royce.
The final season follows Catherine as she investigates a gangland murder that leads her back to Tommy, and her struggle to end the drug supply in the valley.
It’s back! The BBC has confirmed that the crime drama Happy Valley will film its third and final season in early 2022, after its second season aired in 2016. Pictured: Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Cawood
Sarah’s character is also about to retire and the show will explore her relationship with grandson Ryan, who is now 16.
Siobhan Finneran will also reprise her role as Catherine’s sister Clare, with further casting to be announced in due course.
James said of reprising his role as Tommy: “Taking Tommy one last time is an amazing and daunting privilege, and something I’ve looked forward to since we finished the last series six years ago.
‘I’m so excited to work with the insanely talented’ [creator and writer] Sally [Wainwright] and Sarah again. Supposing we’d all have to go on a boat holiday one last time, for the good old days.’
Both return: In six new episodes of the BAFTA-winning show, Sergeant Catherine and James Norton (pictured) return as murderer and sex offender Tommy Lee Royce
Sarah added, “It’s time to show the dog the rabbit.”
Speculation about a third series started in March when Charlie Murphy, the star of Happy Valley, said the show’s creator and writer Sally had started writing the script.
Charlie, who plays Ann Gallagher on the hit TV show, also revealed that the public can expect series three “probably” sometime in 2022.
Dramatic: The final season follows Catherine as she investigates a gangland murder that leads her back to Tommy, and her struggle to end the drug supply in the valley
Heroine: Sarah said on Tuesday of the show’s return in an official statement: ‘It’s time to show the dog the rabbit’
Talking to Digital Spy at the time, Charlie announced that Sally is currently writing the next series of the award-winning show.
She said: Sally has picked up the pen again now, so yeah, we’ll see what happens. It’s really exciting. She’s focusing on it now, which is exciting. She’s just an incredible writer. I just can’t wait to see what she gets out of the bag.”
Happy Valley was a huge hit with audiences after its first broadcast in 2014, winning a BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series, with a sequel to the second series in 2016.
When asked what date it would air, Charlie replied, “As for the timeline, probably” .’
Return: Speculation about a third series started in March when Charlie Murphy (pictured) of Happy Valley said that the writer and creator of the show Sally Wainwright had started writing the script
In process: The actress told Digital Spy as Sally (pictured) is writing the next series of the BAFTA award-winning show – following the end of season two in 2016