Happy Valley writer says series three is ‘not on the back burner’

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Starring Sarah Lancashire, BBC One crime drama Happy Valley was a huge critical and ratings success.

Now writer Sally Wainwright has spoken about the possibility of a third series, and has delighted fans by saying that it is now ‘not on the back burner’.

Sally Wainwright
Sally said Happy Valley will be back (Credit: Brett D. Cove /

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Sally, the woman behind other hit dramas such as Last Tango In Paris and current ratings success Gentleman Jack, told Digital Spy that a third series was on the table… but we might have to wait further for it.

“It’s not on the back-burner as such,” she said. “It’s just going to take me a long time to get to it because I’ve got to do Gentleman Jack 2 now, and I’ve just finished writing series five of Last Tango, which I start filming in September.”

“We’ve got pretty clear ideas of where the story’s going to go.”

James starred as psycho Tommy Lee Royce (Credit: BBC)

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Happy Valley, which also stars James Norton and Siobhan Finneran, tells the story of Yorkshire policewoman Catherine Cawood (Lancashire).

In series one, she got involved in a kidnap plot and a terrifying battle with psychopath Tommy Lee Royce (Norton).

Sarah, 54, won a BAFTA for her performance in 2017.

One Twitter user said: “Brilliant. Excellent TV show is Happy Valley.. brilliant writing by Sally Wainwright and a superb cast of actors including the superb Sarah Lancashire can’t wait.”

Gentleman Jack
Sally’s current drama Gentleman Jack is a hit with viewers (Credit: BBC)

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Sally is currently enthralling viewers with raunchy drama Gentleman Jack on BBC One.

Starring Suranne Jones as 18th-century landowner Anne Lister, who is regarded as the “first modern lesbian”.

A recent instalment focused on Anne’s budding relationship with Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle).

As Anne told Ann about her time in France, viewers saw her romping in bed with a naked woman.

The racy scene prompted plenty of response on social media.

“Bloody hell that was a flashback and a half,” one viewer said on Twitter.

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