Happy Valley Creator Sally Wainwright Set To Return To BBC With New drama Set In Hebden Bridge

Happy Valley Creator Sally Wainwright Set To Return To BBC With New drama Set In Hebden Bridge

Stop the presses! This is huge news! Sally Wainwright, the writer and creator of Happy Valley, who won a BAFTA, is returning to the BBC.

Her new BBC drama, titled Hot Flush set in Hebden Bridge, has been announced by Lindsay Salt, the Director of BBC Drama, at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Hot Flush revolves around the lives of five women who are at a certain stage in life.

They join forces to form an unconventional punk-rock band for a talent competition. However, during their rehearsals, they unexpectedly realise that they have much more to express than they had ever thought possible.

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This becomes the avenue for their self-expression. The six-episode series, produced by Drama Republic (known for “Doctor Foster”), follows these women as they navigate demanding careers, adult children who still rely on them, aging parents, unfaithful husbands, and the challenges of menopause.

The band becomes a catalyst for transforming their lives, prompting them to question everything they know. As the narrative unfolds in the backdrop of Hebden Bridge, a town setting, the connection between Kitty and Beth, two unlikely creative minds behind the band, deepens beyond just music.

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A long-buried and powerful secret binds them, and as the story progresses, this secret could potentially unravel everything they’ve built.

Writer and executive producer Sally Wainwright said: “I’ve been wanting to write a series like this for a long time. It’s a celebration of women of a certain age, and all the life-stuff they suddenly find themselves negotiating/dealing with.

“The show is also my own personal homage to Rock Follies of ’77, and the feisty Little Ladies who woke me up to what I wanted to do with my life when I was 13.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Charlotte again at the BBC, looking forward hugely to working with Lindsay, and utterly delighted to (finally!) be working with Roanna again at Drama Republic.”

Executive producer Roanna Benn said: “I am truly over the moon to be working with the amazing Sally on her new show for the BBC. In Hot Flush, Sally has found a unique way to explore and celebrate female friendships that is bold, vital and true.

“In inimitable Sally-style, Hot Flush introduces us to brilliant and unforgettable characters; it is so funny, and simultaneously so full of drama, it will have you laughing and sitting on the edge of your seat.

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“This is a show about the women who hold up modern Britain, their stories urgently need to be told, and who better than Sally Wainwright to do that.”

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, added: “We’re so excited to have the magnificent Sally Wainwright back writing on the BBC, with the brilliant Drama Republic team producing.

“Hot Flush is a sharply observed, vibrant and vital story of five very different women at the same stage in their lives, joined together by their love of music.”But that’s just the start and – as you’d expect from Sally – there are twists and turns aplenty to keep viewers enthralled.”

Hot Flush is written and executive produced by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Gentleman Jack). Also an executive producer for Drama Republic, Roanna Benn (Doctor Foster, My Mad Fat Diary, Pure) and the producer is Clare Shepherd (The A Word, Viewpoint, Kidnapped). 

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