Happy Valley  Season #2 Episode #3

Synopsis: Catherine is a no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. When a staged kidnapping spirals out of control turning into a brutal series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home.
Genre: Crime, Drama
  15 wins & 17 nominations.
58 min

The question makes her feel uneasy. Is he calling her a



Well. It’s useful. Occasionally. If

I’m dealing with something. At

work. I often have to deal with

people who’re a lot bigger than me.

(a moment)

Are you scared of me?


Should I be?


No. Nobody needs to be scared of me

unless they’ve done something they

shouldn’t have.

The THERAPIST considers that.


The second part of the question.

‘Others’. Have you ever

contemplated killing others. Does

the ‘yes’ apply there.

She hesitates. But not for long. Only for dramatic effect, in

fact. She looks him right in the eye.


Oh yes.


Tell me about that.

(again he waits for her to

expand, but she’s too

busy thinking to

verbalise it)

When was the last time? You felt

like that.

Oh well that’s easy. She flips back to flippant mode.



Well. Day before yesterday I

could’ve merrily strung my grandson

up for setting off a fire

extinguisher in a corridor at

school because someone bet him a

bag of crisps he couldn’t. So

that’s me hauled in and being made

to feel this big.

(she demonstrates: one

inch tall)

Again. Then last Thursday I

could’ve happily throttled my son.

Who - after persistently denying

anything - finally admitted he’d

had a fling with his nasty little

bitch of an ex-girlfriend while his

perfectly lovely wife was in

hospital giving birth to their

first child. So. He’s a liar. Then -

when was it? Two weeks ago. I

could’ve cheerfully strangled my

sister. Clare.

(she hesitates before

admitting this)

She’s an alcoholic. A recovering

alcoholic and heroin addict. She’s

been dry and clean - apart from one

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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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