Last year it was all about “Broadchurch,” this year one of the most acclaimed and popular new shows on British television was “Happy Valley,” a gritty and hard-hitting crime drama with an unconventional lead.
BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright produced the series which followed Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), a 47-year-old Yorkshire police sergeant still coming to terms with the suicide of her daughter. She becomes obsessed with finding the man she believes to be responsible, unaware he is involved in a secret kidnapping.
The show was criticised for its graphic content and brutality. Yet the audience loved it, the season finale drew a 92.5 AI rating (Audience Appreciation Index), BBC One’s highest ever for a drama series.
The series averaged around eight million viewers an episode. The project will return to screens in 2015 with production to begin earlier in the year.
The series is prepping for a U.S. launch on Netflix later this week.
Source: The BBC