The first season of six-part BBC One crime drama Happy Valley will look to hook North American audiences when it becomes available on Netflix later this week. In the meantime, the Sally Wainwright-created police drama has been commissioned for a second season in the UK. I called the series a potential new Broadchurch after it had Britain all abuzz this spring, and it’s also been compared to Breaking Bad. Its early June finale ultimately notched up an unprecedented 92.5 rating in the UK after weekly consolidated averages of about 8M viewers. The second season will go into production in 2015, to be broadcast later in the year.
Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango In Halifax, The Paradise), Downton Abbey’s Siobhan Finneran, James Norton (Rush, Death Comes To Pemberley), Charlie Murphy (Philomena), George Costigan, Joe Armstrong and Steve Pemberton starred in the first season. The story centered on a strong-willed police sergeant in a small town where drunkards, drug addicts and teenage pregnancies are a way of life. Her world is turned upside down when the man she thinks is responsible for her daughter’s death is released from prison. Plot details have not been divulged, but Lancashire is returning for S2. Red Productions makes Happy Valley for BBC One.