Trailer: Happy Valley Season 3 set for New Year’s Day debut
James R | On 03, Dec 2022
Happy Valley will officially return to the BBC on New Year’s Day, and a new trailer gives us a first proper taste of the show’s third and final chapter.
Written and created by Sally Wainwright, featuring Sarah Lancashire in her iconic role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood, the six-part season will see Catherine discover the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir, sparking a chain of events that leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce [James Norton]. Her grandson, Ryan [Rhys Connah], is now sixteen and has ideas of his own about the kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father, leaving Catherine’s sister Clare (Siobhan Finneran) caught in the middle. In another part of the valley, a local pharmacist gets in over his head when a neighbour is arrested.
Season 3 will premiere at 9pm on Sunday 1st January 2023 on BBC One. Here’s the trailer:
First look: Happy Valley Season 3
14th October 2022
The BBC has unveiled new images from Happy Valley Season 3, giving us a better glimpse of what’s in store for the third and final chapter of Sally Wainwright’s crime drama.
The Yorkshire-set series, which last aired in 2016, will once again see Sarah Lancashire reprise her iconic role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood for six new episodes. James Norton and Siobhan Finneran are already confirmed to return as Catherine’s nemesis, the murderer Tommy Lee Royce, and Catherine’s sister, recovering addict Clare Cartwright, respectively.
The new images show us Tommy with a radically different look in his prison cell, along with Clare and Catherine’s teenage grandson, Ryan (Rhys Connah).
Season 3 will see Catherine discover the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir, sparking a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy. Ryan is 16 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 – and we see her in the new images with a bloodied nose in the aftermath of a police raid.
Season 3 will also see the return of Ishia Bennison as Joyce, Shane Zaza as Shaf, Chord Melodic as Sledge and Mete Dursun as Gorkem. They join Con O’Neill, George Costigan, Charlie Murphy, Derek Riddell, Karl Davies, Susan Lynch, Rick Warden, Vincent Franklin, Amit Shah, Mark Stanley and Mollie Winnard. New additions to the cast for Season 3 include Oliver Huntingdon (The Rising), Jack Bandeira (Sex Education), Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country), and Anthony Flanagan (Gentleman Jack).
Season 3 will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at a still unknown date.
Happy Valley to return for third and final season
26th October 2021
Happy Valley will return to our screens for a third season, BBC One has confirmed.
The Yorkshire-set series from Last Tango in Halifax’s Sally Wainwright most recently aired in 2016, when its second season attracted an average audience of 9.3 million. Now, Lancashire will officially return to her iconic role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood for six new episodes, long discussed by Sally Wainwright and Sarah Lancashire as the final chapter of the Happy Valley story.
James Norton and Siobhan Finneran are also confirmed to return as Catherine’s nemesis, the murderer and sex-offender Tommy Lee Royce, and Catherine’s sister, the recovering addict Clare Cartwright, respectively. Further returning cast members and new additions will be announced in due course.
Happy Valley Season 3 will see Catherine discover 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 16 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.
Season 3 will be directed by Patrick Harkins and Fergus O’Brien, with Chris Clough as series producer, and Jessica Taylor as producer. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, and is a Lookout Point production for the BBC, co-produced with AMC. It will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on AMC in the USA, where it will be available on the AMC+ premium streaming bundle.
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.”
Lancashire adds: “It’s time to let the dog see the rabbit.”
Norton comments: “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.”
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.”
Filming will take place in and around West Yorkshire in 2022.
Happy Valley returns for second season in 2016
22nd August 2015
BBC drama Happy Valley is returning for a second season next year.
The Yorkshire-set series from Last Tango in Halifax’s Sally Wainwright starred Sarah Lancashire and made it onto our list of top TV series from 2014. Now, the BBC has confirmed that it will return for another run with a host of new stars.
Sarah Lancashire and James Norton will return as police sergeant Catherine and villain Tommy Lee Royce, as she begins to suspect there may be another serial killer on the loose and “makes a gruesome discovery that will have shocking repercussions for her and her family”.
The pair will be joined by Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis, Katherine Kelly, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Shirley Henderson, Kevin Doyle and Amelia Bullmore.
Doyle plays a new detective, DS John Wadsworth, who arrives on the block with his own set of problems, while Henderson plays a female admirer of Tommy.
“I am thrilled to be embarking on a second series. We were delighted and overwhelmed with the viewers’ response to series one and it’s clear that there’s a huge appetite to see more of the characters and drama among the TV-viewing public,” says Wainwright.
Speaking to the Guardian last year, Wainwright said she wanted to make the season “funnier than it was”.
“I always planned to alternate really dark scenes with comic ones and, in Happy Valley 2, I’d like to get that balance better. I think there genuinely is a lot of humour in police work because the job is so grim that really dark jokes are a way of getting through it,” she said.
“I always thought of it as a one-off,” she added. “And I had to think very long and hard about how to take it forward.”
The show, which has been nominated for and won over 30 awards, including Best Drama Series award at the BAFTAs, is produced by Juliet Charlesworth (Scott & Bailey, Danny And The Human Zoo and Clocking Off) and directed by Sally Wainwright and Neasa Hardiman. Executive Producers are Nicola Shindler and Sally Wainwright for RED Production Company and Matthew Read for BBC One.
Filming will begin next week in Yorkshire.