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Renewed: Happy Valley confirms final season

Sarah Lancashire returning for six new episodes of Sally Wainwright's hit UK drama.

Good news today with BBC confirming a third and final season of hit drama Happy Valley starring Sarah Lancashire as Sgt. Catherine Cawood.

Sally Wainwright’s drama screened in 2014 and 2016 to wide acclaim and will film six new episodes in 2022, co-produced by BBC and AMC Networks.

James Norton and Siobhan Finneran will also return as Catherine’s nemesis, the murderer and sex-offender Tommy Lee Royce, and Catherine’s sister, the recovering addict Clare Cartwright, respectively.

Sally Wainwright says: “I’m delighted to find myself back in the world of Catherine Cawood and her family and colleagues for the final instalment of the Happy Valley trilogy. It’s been wonderful to see the lasting impact this series has had on audiences all over the world. I’m thrilled that Sarah, James and Siobhan are back on board for what I hope will be the best season yet, and thrilled once again to be working with the wonderful team at Lookout Point, the BBC and our new colleagues at AMC.”

Sarah Lancashire says: “It’s time to let the dog see the rabbit.”

James Norton says: “To take on Tommy one final time is a wonderful and daunting privilege, and something I’ve been looking forward to since we wrapped the last series, 6 years ago. I’m so excited to be working with the insanely talented Sally and Sarah again. Thinking we should all go on one last barge holiday, for old times’ sake.”

Siobhan Finneran says: “I’m so thrilled to be returning to Happy Valley as Clare, and delighted to now be able to answer the question: “Please tell me there’s going to be another Happy Valley???” with a resounding “Yes there is.””

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: “When Happy Valley first launched on the BBC in 2014, it changed the landscape of crime drama completely. Sally has crafted a magnificent conclusion that is sure to make this third and final series one of television’s most highly anticipated and unmissable moments. Huge thanks go to Sally, Sarah and the Lookout Point team, plus James and Siobhan, for coming together for this special moment, and we’re delighted to welcome AMC on board this final series.”

When Catherine discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir it sparks a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce. Her grandson Ryan is now sixteen and still living with Catherine, but he has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father. Still battling the seemingly never-ending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement.

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  1. I was hoping that after Norton left Grantchester (where he was wasted as the simpering Priest), I hoped he would appear as a cameo if S3 ever got made. Wasn’t expecting him to be part of the plot from prison yet again. It’s been so long I will have to rewatch S1 and 2.

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