Happy Valley is a British crime drama series created by Sally Wainwright and starring Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood, a police sergeant in the West Yorkshire community of Calder Valley. The series follows Cawood as she investigates a series of crimes. I’ve binged the first two seasons and am following season 3 as its released here in the States. My wife is the one who recommend it and she’s always right about her choices.
Happy Valley is a dark and gritty crime drama, but it is also a heartwarming and human story about family, loss, and redemption. Lancashire gives a tour-de-force performance as Cawood, a complex and conflicted character who is both tough and vulnerable. The supporting cast is also excellent, particularly James Norton as Tommy Lee Royce, a dangerous and charismatic criminal. The Brits allow their bad guys to be good lucking and capable of being as charming as a psychopath can be. He is the key to Season One but his arc extends through all three seasons due his connections to Cawood: he’s the father of her daughter’s child, and the daughter committed suicide shortly after giving birth. Talk about a powerful set up of conflict!
Happy Valley is a well-written, well-acted, and well-directed series that is sure to please fans of crime dramas and British television. It is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a strong female lead.
Here are some of the things that make Happy Valley a great show:
If you’re looking for a great crime drama with a strong female lead, then you need to check out Happy Valley. It’s a must-see for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Be aware though, that there are some true gut punches in store!