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Sarah Lancashire to return as no-nonsense cop

Happy Valley

BBC One has commissioned a second series of Sally Wainwright’s and RED Production Company’s critically acclaimed drama, Happy Valley.

The six-part series, which stars Sarah Lancashire as Police Sergeant Catherine Cawood, was a huge ratings hit for BBC One,  pulling in a weekly consolidated audience of almost 8 million earlier in the year.

RED Production Company’s founder and executive producer Nicola Shindler says: “Sally created a truly magnificent series with very real, complex characters, an engaging plot and breathtaking storyline. I am delighted that we will be able to delve deeper into Catherine’s world in series two.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, says: “Sally Wainwright’s sensational series gripped the nation. Visceral, emotional and provocative from beginning to end, it was fantastic to see our audience on tenterhooks, begging for more. The series is testimony to the creative ambition, quality and breadth of original British drama on BBC One and I can’t wait for the second series to begin.”

The second series of Happy Valleywill go into production in 2015, to be broadcast later in the year.