Happy Valley script
Happy Valley  Season #1 Episode #4 (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 EXT. NGA. DAY 9. 10.45 1

Terrified KEVIN pulls up in his car. He’s mumbling to

himself, he’s practising

KEVIN:

The thing is, Nevison. The thing

is. I may be wrong, but - I may be

wrong, but - the thing is...

(dare he say it?)

I think I might know who these

people are.

CUT TO:

2 INT. NGA, OPEN PLAN OFFICE/NEVISON’S OFFICE. DAY 9. 10.46 2

Terrified but determined, KEVIN heads into the general office

area, and straight through to NEVISON’s office.

CUT TO:

3 INT. NGA, NEVISON’S OFFICE. DAY 9. 10.47 3

KEVIN comes into NEVISON’s office, uninvited. NEV’s been

waiting. KEVIN’s pale, he’s shaking, he’s just about to say,

“The thing is, Nevison - “

NEVISON:

Did you see anything?

KEVIN:

I - no. No. No, I didn’t. The thing

is, Nevison...

(he so wants to say it.

But he can’t)

Will you let me know? If - when -

when they let go of her? Just so I

know, even if it’s in the middle of

the night, I’d

NEVISON:

Yeah.

KEVIN:

- like [to know]

NEVISON:

Yeah.

KEVIN:

-to know. I know you’ll have a lot

of other things to think about when

it happens, but

HAPPY VALLEY. EPISODE FOUR. BY SALLY WAINWRIGHT. 2.

NEVISON:

Course I will, Kevin.

(NEVISON’s touched by how

wound up and upset KEVIN

is. They’re both as

nervous and terrified as

each other, albeit for

different reasons)

Go back to your desk. There’s

nothing else we can do.

KEVIN nods, but doesn’t go.

KEVIN:

The thing is.

He hesitates. And hesitates some more.

NEVISON:

What?

KEVIN:

I...

(will he say it??)

I get frightened. Going there, and

NEVISON:

I understand that, Kevin, I

[appreciate] -

KEVIN:

(interrupts)

And it’s fine! It’s for Ann, I get

that! But

NEVISON:

I appreciate what you’re doing for

me, believe me.

KEVIN:

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, I know you do.

He lingers longer. He could still say it: The thing is, I

think I might know who they are. But he can’t. He leaves the

office. Then we linger on NEVISON, still stuck with his

thoughts in this tortuous limbo.

CUT TO:

4 OMITTED 4

HAPPY VALLEY. EPISODE FOUR. BY SALLY WAINWRIGHT. 3.

5

EXT. NORLAND ROAD POLICE STATION. DAY 9. 11.00 5

The place is still festooned with flowers. BBC, ITV and SKY

news vans still parked in the road. CATHERINE pulls into the

yard at the back in a patrol car.

CUT TO:

6

INT. NORLAND ROAD POLICE STATION, STAIRS. DAY 9. 6

CONTINUOUS. 11.01

CATHERINE comes in and heads upstairs.

CUT TO:

7

INT. NORLAND POLICE STATION, MAIN OFFICE. DAY 9. 7

CONTINUOUS. 11.02

CATHERINE’s agitated; she’s made a decision.

CATHERINE:

Shaf, can you get onto the council

and find out who owns number sixty

two, Milton Avenue?

SHAFIQ:

Sowerby Bridge?

She affirms with a preoccupied nod, then she heads out and

along to the INSPECTOR’s office. We go with her. She taps on

his door and puts her head in.

CUT TO:

8

INT. NORLAND ROAD POLICE STATION, INSPECTOR’S OFFICE. 8

DAY 9. CONTINUOUS. 11.03

CATHERINE:

Boss?

MIKE TAYLOR’s busy at his computer too, engrossed. He doesn’t

even glance up.

MIKE TAYLOR:

Catherine.

CATHERINE:

Have you got a minute?

MIKE TAYLOR:

(no)

Sure.

HAPPY VALLEY. EPISODE FOUR. BY SALLY WAINWRIGHT. 4.

CATHERINE:

Okay. So I saw this lad, Tommy Lee

Royce, I’ve been trying to catch up

with him for a few days, he’s just

done eight years - drugs -

(the INSPECTOR nods; he

knows all the recent

releases)

and I was hoping to give him the

welcome home speech. So anyway, I

knocked on at this house where I

know he’s been dossing. No answer

but I had reason to believe -

y’know - so. I. Accessed. The

property. Via... ways and means

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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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