The Nation has been swept up in Happy Valley fever since the show’s return this January. And, with its gripping storylines, it’s no surprise. The showers creator answered the question ‘Why is it called Happy Valley?’ in a recent interview.
The show hit our screens back in 2015 and has gone on to win four BAFTAs including Best Drama, Best Leading Actress, Best Writer and Best Supporting Actress.
For those that have been hiding under a rock, the show follows Sergeant Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire, who is a firm but fair police sergeant in West Yorkshire.
Sally Wainright, the writer of the show, spoke about the award-winning drama in a recent interview revealing how it got its name saying: “So Happy Valley… I always work closely with police advisors, who are old police officers who have worked in the area, and one of them told me that is what they call the Valley because of issues with drugs, so for me, it reflected the show.
“It’s dark, but it has also got a lot of humour in it. I think less so in season one, more so in season two. We want to continue that in season three. It’s still very much about the dark side of life, but it’s also about how within that people always find ways of being funny and warm and human.”
She also discussed why people are so fascinated with the show and how it resonated with viewers. “It’s about transgressive behaviour and I suppose humans are fascinated by transgressive behaviour.
“I guess that’s why people are so fascinated by crime. “It’s a kind of vicarious thing, that we don’t indulge in ourselves but like to watch other people doing it, or we like to see them get caught, or we like to follow the people who sort things out.”
There are only two more episodes left of the final season of Happy Valley, which air Sundays on BBC One at 9pm or you can catch up on BBC iPlayer here.