BBC's Happy Valley to return for third and final season

It last aired in 2016 to an incredibly positive response from fans and critics alike.

Happy Valley is to return for a third and final season, the BBC has announced. 

This new outing will once again consist of six episodes and see Sarah Lancashire reprise her role as troubled police sergeant Catherine Cawood, who is now on the verge of retirement. 

She’ll be joined by James Norton as murderer and sex offender Tommy Royce, who pushed her daughter to suicide years earlier and is the father of her now teenage grandson Ryan, along with Siobhan Finneran as her sister Clare, a recovering addict. 

“When Catherine discovers 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,”  reads the plot synopsis issued by the broadcaster.

It’ll also see her attempting to deal with the “seemingly never ending” problem of drugs in the surrounding area and struggling with the idea that Ryan may want to have a relationship with Royce, “the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father.”

Created and written by Sally Wainwright. Happy Valley first premiered on BBC One in 2014 to critical acclaim. It won the BAFTA for Best Drama Series a year later and a second season debuted to equally positive reviews in 2016. 

“When Happy Valley first launched on the BBC in 2014, it changed the landscape of crime drama completely,” said Piers Wenger, director of BBC drama.

"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."

Filming is due to start in 2022 but a release date for Happy Valley season 3 is not yet known.

Source: BBC News

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