WATCH: Hit series Happy Valley returns

Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood
Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood

Calderdale will be shown in all its glory as the hotly-anticipated second series of Happy Valley hits the small screen next month.

Filmed on-site in locations across the borough, viewers will be glued to screens to scene spot as the police drama unfolds. Cast members and film crews were spotted in all corners of Calderdale as filming got underway last year. And this series promises to be be just as gripping and as much of a ‘television moment’ as the last.

Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, James Norton, George Costigan, Karl Davies, Charlie Murphy return to the six-part drama and will be joined by Katherine Kelly, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Shirley Henderson, Amelia Bullmore, Kevin Doyle, Matthew

Lewis and Vincent Franklin.

As series two opens, we join Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), the no-nonsense police sergeant who is back heading up her team of dedicated police officers in the Calder Valley.

With Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) firmly behind bars, Catherine suspects there may be another serial killer on the loose and makes a gruesome discovery that will have shocking repercussions for her and her family.

Meanwhile, a new detective, DS John Wadsworth (Kevin Doyle) arrives on the block with his own set of problems, and despite being firmly under lock and key, Tommy forms a bond with a mysterious female admirer (Shirley Henderson).

Last year, the critically-acclaimed series was a huge ratings hit for BBC One during its six-week run, pulling in a weekly consolidated audience of almost 8 million viewers and an average overnight audience of 5.5 million.

Writer and executive producer Sally Wainwright said: “I am thrilled to be embarking on a second series.

“We were delighted and overwhelmed with the viewers’ response to series one and it’s clear that there’s a huge appetite to see more of the characters and drama among the TV viewing public”.

Nicola Shindler, RED Production Company’s executive producer, added: “Sally created a truly magnificent series with very real, complex characters, an engaging plot and breathtaking storylines. I am delighted and excited to be delving deeper into Catherine’s world in series two.”

The first episode of the six-part series will air on BBC One on February 9.

An exclusive charity screening of the first episode has been organised for February 5 to raise money for the Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal.

Theaudience will also be treated to a Q&A with the cast and writer Sally Wainwright

Confirmed to attend are Sarah Lancashire, James Norton, Amelia Bullmore, George Costigan and Vincent Franklin. Tickets are available from the Victoria Theatre box office - £35 and £30 for restricted view.

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