Happy Valley script
Happy Valley  Season #1 Episode #1 (2014)
Synopsis: Happy Valley is a British crime drama television series filmed and set in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire in Northern England. The series, starring Sarah Lancashire and Siobhan Finneran, is written and created by Sally Wainwright, and directed by Wainwright, Euros Lyn, and Tim Fywell. The first series debuted on BBC One on 29 April 2014, and the second series debuted on 9 February 2016. Wainwright has said that she would like to write a third series, but is busy with other commitments for the time being. Sarah Lancashire has said that she would not return for a third series, but a spokesman for the show later reported that after discussions with Wainwright, Lancashire was "very keen" on a third series.

1 INT. NEWSAGENTS. DAY 1. 10.00 1

The NEWSAGENT gives a CUSTOMER change as a police car comes

to a halt right outside (flashing lights, no siren). SGT.

CATHERINE CAWOOD (48, unassailably pleasant) strides into the

shop. She’s all tooled up; truncheon and cuffs hanging off

her belt, radio, bullet-proof vest. We see the three stripes.

She looks like she’s made of gadgets. Robocop. But there’s

something calm and reassuring and feminine about her manner,

despite her striking no-nonsense appearance. She’s probably

smiling politely as she asks

CATHERINE:

Have you got a fire extinguisher?

NEWSAGENT:

(panic)

A f - ?

CATHERINE:

For putting out fires.

(no response:
shop keeper

still stunned)

I’ve got one in the car, but I may

need something bigger.

A robust, breathless 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has followed CATHERINE

into the shop.

70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

There’s a fella round t’corner

reckoning to set fire to himself!

CATHERINE:

(charming)

Yes, thank you, we’re on top of

that.

(she pulls some cheap sunglasses

off a stand)

How much can I give you for these?

CUT TO:

2 EXT. HOUSING ESTATE. DAY 1. 10.01 2

LIAM HUGHES (23) has doused himself in petrol and he’s

standing on a bench opposite some flats. He’s drunk so much

his coordination's gone and he’s distressed. His face is

grubby and streaked with tears. He’s got a can of beer in one

hand, a cigarette lighter in the other. His empty petrol

can’s on the ground in front of the bench.

CATHERINE heads inexorably towards LIAM with her fire

extinguisher. She’s wearing her new cheap sunglasses. P.C.

KIRSTEN McASKILL (23, but looks 12) is right behind her.

HAPPY VALLEY. EPISODE ONE. BY SALLY WAINWRIGHT 2.

KIRSTEN:

Nice glasses.

CATHERINE:

He can send himself to paradise -

that’s his choice - but he’s not

taking my eyebrows with him.

We see a small indifferent crowd made up of two size 20 women

in size 14 clothes, both in their late forties, two teenage

girls with push chairs, a couple of grubby lads in their

early twenties (also with cans of beer), and one or two

people standing on their balconies in the flats.

YOUTH 1 YOUTH 2

Ey! Set fire to yerself nutty Ey! Guy Fawkes!

boy! It’s freezing ovver (he shakes a box of

here! matches)

D’you want a matcher!?

CATHERINE (CONT’D)

Did we call an ambulance?

KIRSTEN:

On its way.

40+ WOMAN 1 40+ WOMAN 2

They want to shut their They want to shut up.

mouths, them two.

CATHERINE:

Do we know his name?

KIRSTEN:

Liam Hughes. Twenty-three.

Unemployed. Smack head.

GIRL WITH PUSHCHAIR 1

Yeah, you wanna shuddup, Goggins!

It isn’t funny!

YOUTH 1

It is from ovver here, it’s

hilarious.

CATHERINE:

What’s he upset about?

KIRSTEN:

His ex.

CATHERINE:

His ex.

Isn’t it always.

HAPPY VALLEY. EPISODE ONE. BY SALLY WAINWRIGHT 3.

KIRSTEN:

She finished with him three days

ago and now she’s sleeping with his

best bud.

GIRL WITH PUSHCHAIR 1

And it’s match! Not matcher. Dozy

twat.

CATHERINE:

We’ve got a high ranking highly

trained specialist expert police

negotiator on his way over from

Wakefield.

KIRSTEN:

(checking her watch)

E.T.A.?

CATHERINE:

(checking her watch)

Basically it’s you and me, kid.

YOUTH 2

Who you calling a dozy twat? Who’s

she calling a dozy twat?

GIRL WITH PUSHCHAIR 1

You, yer dozy twat!

YOUTH 1

The one and only...! Human barbycue!

CATHERINE:

(flicks her head across at

the beer crew, keeps her

eyes on LIAM)

Go and close down the comedy

department.

KIRSTEN heads off to quell the YOUTHS (who are the same age

as herself) as CATHERINE carries on towards LIAM. CATHERINE

turns her radio off. KIRSTEN may look 12 years old, but at 23

she in fact has five years’ experience under her belt, and

she knows how to saunter in a threatening and intimidating

way that shuts people up before she’s even arrived. But like

CATHERINE, once she starts talking she has a manner that’s at

odds with her appearance.

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Sally Wainwright

Sally A Wainwright (born 1963) is an English television writer and playwright. She won the 2009 Writer of the Year Award given by the RTS in 2009 for Unforgiven. She is known for work on the BBC dramas Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. Both have won BAFTA's award for best series, and Wainwright was voted best writer. more…

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