Film­ing be­gins on Happy Val­ley

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By Felic­ity Macna­mara

Ex­cite­ment built across Calderdale as film­ing for the hotly an­tic­i­pated sec­ond se­ries of Happy Val­ley got un­der­way this week.

Sets have al­ready been spot­ted across the bor­ough, with some scenes ex­pected to be filmed in Heb­den Bridge and other parts of Calderdale.

As se­ries two opens, Cather­ine (Sarah Lan­cashire), the no-non­sense po­lice sergeant is back and 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.

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.”

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

Happy Val­ley has been nom­i­nated for and won over 30 awards in­clud­ing win­ning the pres­ti­gious Best Drama Se­ries award at this year’s BAFTAs with writer Sally Wain­wright also named Best Writer at the 2015 BAFTA Craft Awards. The se­ries won Best Euro­pean Drama at The Monte Carlo Tele­vi­sion awards and Sarah Lan­cashire was also awarded Best Ac­tress in the se­ries. Se­ries two will air on BBC One next year.

Crews in Crown Street, Heb­den Bridge

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