The BBC has announced that Sarah Lancashire will return to her role as Sergeant Catherine Cawood for the third and final series of ‘Happy Valley’. Six new episodes of the new series will begin filming in the Calder Valley in 2022. Fans were greeted with bittersweet news when hearing the third series of the hit show filmed in Hebden Bridge Sowerby Bridge and Huddersfield, which will be the last.
Protganist and leading lady, Sarah Lancashire donned her uniform once more as she tranformed into Sergeant Catherine Cawood. The actor was snapped on set this week as filming began in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
James Norton and Siobhan Finneran will also return for the final chapter as sex offender Tommy Lee Royce and Catherine’s sister Clare.
Creator and writer Sally Wainright will be penning the new series of the hit drama. The second series had an average viewing audience of 9.3 million so this is big news for the hit show.
YorkshireLive reported that Happy Valley creator and writer Sally Wainwright discussed the return of Happy Vlley for series 3 last year saying: “I’m delighted to find myself back in the world of Catherine Cawood and her family and colleagues for the final instalment of the Happy Valley trilogy.
“It’s been wonderful to see the lasting impact this series has had on audiences all over the world. I’m thrilled that Sarah, James and Siobhan are back on board for what I hope will be the best season yet, and thrilled once again to be working with the wonderful team at Lookout Point, the BBC and our new colleagues at AMC.”
Sarah Lancashire added: “It’s time to let the dog see the rabbit.”
James Norton continued: “To take on Tommy one final time is a wonderful and daunting privilege, and something I’ve been looking forward to since we wrapped the last series, 6 years ago.
In 2015 it won a BAFTA for best drama and, in 2017 Sarah Lancashire won a BAFTA for best leading actress. Watch her acceptance sppech below: