Happy Valley script
Happy Valley  Season #2 Episode #3 (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. THERAPIST’S ROOM. DAY 8. 09.30 1

CATHERINE’s dressed in civvies, the sort of civvies that

suggest she’d rather be out on the moors than sitting here

with a psychotherapist, whose expression is calm. Neither of

them say anything for long enough, and then

THERAPIST:

I saw on the sheet that I asked you

to fill [in]

CATHERINE:

The happy sheet.

He knows all officers think it’s a load of crap. He smiles

THERAPIST:

Yes, the happy sheet. I saw that on

the question ‘Have you ever

contemplated killing yourself or

others?’ You’ve written ‘Yes’.

(silence:
he hopes she’ll

pick the ball up and run

with it. Fat chance)

Do you want to talk about that?

CATHERINE weighs things up.

CATHERINE:

No.

THERAPIST:

Have you ever contemplated killing

yourself?

(yes she has, but in no

way seriously. And

anyway, she’s not telling

him)

Have you ever tried to kill

yourself?

CATHERINE:

(quickly)

No.

She all but adds “Don’t be stupid”.

THERAPIST:

Have you ever thought about how

you’d do it. If you did.

CATHERINE:

I’ve seen all of ‘em and none of

‘em are pretty. They’re all...

Silence.

HAPPY VALLEY SERIES TWO. EPISODE THREE. PEACH SCRIPT. 22.

THERAPIST:

All what?

CATHERINE:

Sordid. Ridiculous. And anyway. I

don’t want to be on a slab. I’ve

seen what they do to people.

THERAPIST:

(consulting the notes)

Did you have counselling after your

daughter took her own life?

CATHERINE:

No. I had a break down.

She says it like it’s a viable alternative.

THERAPIST:

What happened?

CATHERINE:

Nothing. I just... screamed at

people a lot and smashed a few

things in the sink and drank too

much and pissed everyone off within

a ten mile radius for about a year,

eighteen months, and then... you

know. You’ve still got to pay the

mortgage at the end of it all,

haven’t you?

THERAPIST:

Your marriage broke down.

CATHERINE:

Yeah. Well. Most marriages don’t

survive something like that. Do

they. Losing a child.

THERAPIST:

An experience like that changes

people. Permanently.

She looks at him steadily. Like... duh. Is he properly

qualified?

CATHERINE:

I’da said so.

THERAPIST:

How did it change you?

The answer that pops up surprises her a little. It’s like a

reflex.

HAPPY VALLEY SERIES TWO. EPISODE THREE. PEACH SCRIPT. 33.

CATHERINE:

I’m sad.

(she thinks about that now

she’s said it. And she

continues like she’s

talking to herself, cos

she sure as hell ain’t

talking to him)

I never used to be sad. I mean I

could be sad. But it wasn’t like it

was a permanent state [of] - it

didn’t define who I am.

THERAPIST:

You don’t appear sad. Sorry I’m not

contradicting the fact that you are

sad. You know how you feel. But

your colleagues. Your friends at

work. I get the idea they think of

you as the life and soul of the

party.

CATHERINE:

Good.

THERAPIST:

Do you cover things up?

CATHERINE:

No. They all know about Becky, they

all know what happened.

THERAPIST:

No, I meant do you - are you

conscious of feeling sad but still

trying to put on a brave face, a

happy face, at work?

CATHERINE:

No. I love work.

THERAPIST:

Do you think you’re angry? As well

as sad.

She considers that.

CATHERINE:

Sometimes.

THERAPIST:

You have an edge. People are a bit

scared of you, aren’t they?

CATHERINE:

Who’s said that?

HAPPY VALLEY SERIES TWO. EPISODE THREE. PEACH SCRIPT. 44.

THERAPIST:

It’s an observation.

(he waits for CATHERINE to

respond. She doesn’t)

How do you feel about that? People

being scared of you.

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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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