Happy Valley (2014– )
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Catherine Cawood is a policewoman in the ironically named Happy Valley, the nickname for the drug-affected Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, England. Her private life is complicated. She ... See full summary »


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Sally Wainwright, Sally Wainwright (created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Lancashire ... Catherine Cawood
Moey Hassan Moey Hassan ... Newsagent
Pauline Jefferson Pauline Jefferson ... Old Lady
Sophie Rundle ... Kirsten McAskill
Ben Wright Ben Wright ... Youth 1
Phil Featherstone Phil Featherstone ... Youth 2
James Burrows James Burrows ... Liam Hughes
Nadia Nadry Nadia Nadry ... Girl with Pushchair
Steve Pemberton ... Kevin Weatherill
Hannah John-Kamen ... Justine
George Costigan ... Nevison Gallagher
Derek Riddell ... Richard Cawood
Rhys Connah ... Ryan Cawood
Mina Anwar ... Mrs. Mukherjee
Siobhan Finneran ... Clare Cartwright


Catherine Cawood is a policewoman in the ironically named Happy Valley, the nickname for the drug-affected Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, England. Her private life is complicated. She still sees and sleeps with her ex-husband, journalist Richard Cawood, even though he has a new woman in his life. She lives with her sister Clare, a recovering addict, and grandson, Ryan, whose mother, Catherine's daughter, Becky, killed herself after being raped. Now the man Catherine believes to be the rapist, Tommy Lee Royce, is out of jail and back in town. At the same time, Kevin Weatherill, disgruntled that his boss Nevison Gallagher will not give him a raise so he can enroll his daughter into a good school, conspires with caravan park owner Ashley Cowgill and his employees, Lewis and Royce, to kidnap Nevison's adult daughter, Ann, for a ransom. When Nevison has a change of heart and offers to pay for both his daughters' tuition, Kevin wants to abort the operation but the others go ahead with it.... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

29 April 2014 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


While Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) visits the cemetery to see her daughter's grave, Ryan (Rhys Connah) remarks about all the pens left at another grave, which is briefly seen. This is the grave of Sylvia Plath (Hughes), the American poet and writer, who was buried there, near the graves of her husband's parents, after her suicide in London in 1963. The cemetery is in the churchyard of the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, in Heptonstall, West Yorkshire. Her grave has become a shrine to foreign visitors, who leave gifts and pens, and the name "Hughes" has been repeatedly vandalized from the inscription, as her supporters have blamed Plath's suicide on her estranged husband, Ted Hughes. See more »


[first lines]
Catherine Cawood: Have you got a fire extinguisher?
Shop Keeper: A f...
Catherine Cawood: For putting out fires. I've got one in the car, but I may need something bigger. There's a fella round the corner reckoning to set fire to himself! Thank you, we're on top of that. How much for these?
Kirsten McAskill: [arriving on scene] Nice glasses.
Catherine Cawood: Well, he can send himself to paradise - that's his choice - but he's not taking my eyebrows with him.
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