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BEST ON THE BOX: Happy Valley creator determined to finish hit-show in style

HAPPY Valley creator Sally Wainwright is desperate to avoid “a duff third season”.

The 60-year-old TV writer always planned to end the drama series – which stars Sarah Lancashire and James Norton – after three seasons, and Sally is determined that it will finish in style.

She shared: “I was really anxious not to write a duff third season. I really don’t think it is. There’s a very definite climax.”

Sally also promised fans that the show’s conclusion will be “pretty dramatic”.

She told Politicalite: “A narrative has gone across all three: in season 1, Catherine and Tommy came face-to-face outside Ryan’s school, and in season 2 they almost came face-to-face in the crematorium, at Tommy’s mum’s funeral. In season 3, there’s a very big face-to-face showdown. The kind of cathartic showdown that people have waited for. It’s pretty dramatic.”

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Meanwhile, James Norton recently confessed to being “amazed” by the global popularity of ‘Happy Valley’.

The 37-year-old actor observed that the show is “quite specific” to its West Yorkshire setting.

He said: “It’s such a specific show about a very specific part of England.

“The accents and the temperaments and sensibilities of those characters are quite specific to the area.

“And yet when I go to America, I am amazed at how many people have watched it and how many people love it. People in the street ask me, ‘When is it coming back?’

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“And that was a really proud moment, when I realised how it wasn’t only a show loved in the UK but internationally.”

James also hailed season three as being “big and bold”.

He said: “I am immensely proud to able to have a part in it.

“To be able to say we have shot a third series and it’s as big and bold as ever is really wonderful.

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“It’s particularly exciting because everyone knows it’s the last series so everyone is predicting and guessing how it will end.”

Happy Valley airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One, catch-up on the BBC iPlayer. 



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