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.

or two blips with alcohol - for

nearly twelve years. Then she fell

off the wagon. At this funeral. And

she said it was my fault. Which -

(she hesitates. She blames

herself more than she’s

prepared to let on)

well, it was and it wasn’t. And in

fact... that was the same day that

I did this thing that’s meant I’m

having to do this. Business. Here.

With you.


Ah. Yes. Tommy Lee Royce’s mother’s

funeral. We will come onto that.




As before, CATHERINE and the THERAPIST.



So language like, “I could’ve

merrily strung Ryan up”, “happily

throttled Daniel”, “cheerfully

strangled Clare”. There are two

points there. On one level you

don’t mean it, these are people you

love, unquestionably, it’s an

expression of frustration, and

ironically affection, when their

behaviour falls short of what you

would like or expect. On another

level. You are angry. Whether it’s

with them or - perhaps more likely -

with other people. People you can’t

express your anger to directly the

way you can with the people you

live with. These are chosen,

sarcastic, brutal expressions.

CATHERINE thinks about that. And she knows there’s truth in

it. At some muddled level. Not that she’s going to admit it.


I’m a police officer. I see things.

I’m not going to share the same

vocabulary as Mary Poppins.

The THERAPIST smiles. He’s kind, objective, fascinated


Tell me about Clare. Two weeks ago.

Why did she think it was your fault

that she’d fallen off the wagon?

CATHERINE pulls this face/heaves a sigh like she can’t be

bothered to explain.

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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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