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Happy Valley

Happy Valley

  • Premiered: 
    April 29, 2014
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  • Network: BBC1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Sally Wainwright 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

HAPPY VALLEY is a one-hour drama series that revolves around the personal and professional life of Catherine Cawood, a hard-working and dedicated police woman who works and lives in Calder Valley, a small West Yorkshire town where drunkards, drug addicts and teenage pregnancies are a way of life. But when Tommy Lee Royce is released from prison, her world is turned upside down, because he's the man she thinks drove her daughter to commit suicide. While investigating a kidnapping that spirals out of control, she comes face to face with the man who destroyed her family. On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Netflix presented the U.S. premiere of this series, releasing all six episodes of the first season. Just two days before the show's U.S. premiere, the BBC announced that HAPPY VALLEY will return for a second season, with production due to begin in 2015, followed by its broadcast in the UK later in the year.

Netflix presented the U.S. premiere of the second season of HAPPY VALLEY on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, releasing all six Season 2 episodes at the same time. Eighteen months have passed, and Catherine is spinning plates at work and at home, where Ryan approaches his tenth birthday. Tommy, serving a life sentence in a high-security prison, finds a way of keeping a watchful eye over Ryan from behind bars, while Catherine becomes a murder suspect after finding a dead body.

The third and final season of HAPPY VALLEY made its U.S. debut on Monday, May 22, 2023 on Acorn TV in the early morning and later that day at 10pm ET/PT on BBC America. A new installment debuts weekly. In Season 3, Sergeant Catherine Cawood discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim, sparking a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to murderer and rapist Tommy Lee Royce. Catherine's grandson Ryan is now 16 and has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with Tommy, the man Catherine still 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. Will she solve this final case?
On Monday, June 26, 2023, the series finale of HAPPY VALLEY made its U.S. debut early morning on acorn TV and later that day at 11pm ET/PT on BBC America. On Catherine's final shift, scores are settled for good and Ryan faces a moral dilemma.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Red Production Company