Happy Valley named Best Drama at BAFTAs

By Nathaniel Dalby - Mon 15th May 2017 News

It was a happy BAFTAs for Happy Valley.

Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley

Happy Valley was named the Best Drama series at the BAFTAs on Sunday.

The police drama beat out strong competition in the form of Netflix’s The Crown, which was nominated for five awards but went home with none. 

The series, which follows a police sergeant as she delves into the meaning behind her daughter’s suicide, was a big hit at the awards, the series star Sarah Lancashire winning the gold for Best Actress.

The BBC enjoyed a hugely successful night at the awards, with a number of its dramas such as Happy Valley, Murdered by my Father and The Night Manager all taking home awards.

Documentaries Hillsborough and Planet Earth II also saw success for the BBC, with the latter’s lizard escape sequence winning best TV moment.

Happy Valley has been popular with viewers and critics alike, with it garnering praise for its gritty and realistic take on crime in rural towns. 

The show is expected to return for a third series, but isn’t due to reappear until some point in 2018.

Netflix’s The Crown was expected to sweep the awards this year but missed out on the five it was nominated for.

The series, which stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, reportedly cost over £100 million to make and was one of the streaming giant’s biggest hopes of netting award gold.

You can watch both Happy Valley and The Crown on Netflix right now. 

Source: Digital Spy