August 22, 2015 at 5:41 am #358914
The full cast list for the second series of the BAFTA winning Happy Valley has been revealed.
Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran and James Norton are among the returning cast members for the second run of six episodes, which is expected to air in the UK next year.
Also returning are George Costigan, Karl Davies and Charlie Murphy.
Joining the cast includes a host of familiar faces for British viewers. Matthew Lewis, best known for his role as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films; Amelia Bulmore, who stars in Scott & Bailey also written by Sally Wainwright; former Coronation Street actresses Katherine Kelly (also seen in Mr Selfridge), and Julie Hesmondhalgh (seen in Cucumber); fellow Cucumber stars Con O’Neill and Vincent Franklin; Downton Abbey’s Kevin Doyle; and Harry Potter & Bridget Jones star Shirley Henderson all are among the new signings.
The second series will focus on Catherine and her team tracking down a potential serial killer in the Calder Valley.February 1, 2016 at 7:03 am #358916
Happy Valley officially returns – next Tuesday (9th February) at 9pm in the UK on BBC One.February 1, 2016 at 8:55 am #358917
Excellent! Only just recently watched the first season. Fantastic! Anyone know when it will be available here on Netflix?February 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm #358918
It has just returned to UK screens, and no one need worry that the brilliance of the first series hasn’t carried through.
Sarah Lancashire starts off the series with the great dark wit Catherine had last series in the early episodes. She is, of course, the brightest diamond of the opening episode, and is just magnetic once more. James Norton may have less to do this series, but his work is still outstanding nonetheless. There is one scene where the camera focuses on just his face for a short while, and he is emotionally vulnerable as Tommy Lee Royce in a way we never got to see first time around, and it was so intriguing to see it here. Looking forward to seeing more of him as the story develops.
Of the new cast, for me Amelia Bullmore and Shirley Henderson have such complex female characters and should have great chances to shine this series. Brilliantly written by Sally Wainwright once more.
A hugely promising and addicting opening episode, and I hope and trust Wainwright has delivered the goods for us once more. Welcome back, Happy Valley – my God I’ve missed you!February 10, 2016 at 11:37 am #358919
Brilliant first episode. I wish that this would get Emmy attention. Norton and Lancashire should be winning in a heartbeat.February 18, 2016 at 2:21 pm #358920
Episode 2: More Sarah Lancashire means more sheer brilliance.
The only issue I had with the first episode last week was that the introduction of many new characters meant we didn’t get more from Sarah Lancashire. So thank God that we got so much more from our leading lady this week. Catherine’s multiple stories this series are all very strong – each could fill an hour of great TV this week. Her seeing Tommy Lee Royce (once again little time, but exceptional performance from James Norton) at the funeral, without a single word uttered from Lancashire was gripping to see.
Siobhan Finneran has finally got a great story capable of her full talents. I was wary of this development in her story happening, but the talent of Wainwright as a writer and Finneran as an actor gives me great hope. Lancashire again shines here, and it is great to see her have more family issues rather than just her troubles being work based or to do with Tommy Lee Royce.
Kevin Doyle and Amelia Bullmore could on paper be comparatively quite duller than the Catherne stories. However, both are working so against type compared to what I have seen them do before, that it just works! The events in this episode spark so many question for Doyle’s character in the setting of the wider stories of the series. It shall be interesting to see Doyle play that out.
Overall, with the introductions over and done with, and getting on to business as usual, the show is going from strength to strength. The performances continue to shine, as does Wainwright’s writing. With Lancashire taking centre stage for the bulk of the time, this series is set to live up to my pretty high expectations I had placed upon it.