As I watched the final episode of season 2 of Gentleman Jack I was struck by how much had happened to Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) and Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) since the start of their marriage. This real life 1830s lesbian couple did not have an easy adjustment to being together.Continue Reading: Is there a new heroine in season 2 of Gentleman Jack?
Criminal UK, the fascinating cat-and-mouse police interrogation series, returned with a 4 episode second season. This is a continuation of Criminal – 4 related series set in UK, Germany, Spain, and France from 2019. However, it looks like only the UK got a second series.Continue Reading: Review: Criminal UK, season 2
Netflix series Criminal consists of 4 separate 3 episode sets of stories. They are Criminal: UK, Criminal: Germany, Criminal: Spain, and Criminal: France. Each of the episodes uses the same sets, but the cops and the languages change. Every episode is about an interrogation.
The cast and the crimes change for each country, but the interrogation room and the room where the police gather on the back side of a big mirror remain the same. The hallway outside with its coffee and snack machines, operable windows, stairway, and elevator are the same. The cameras, the clocks, the furniture all reused.Continue Reading: Criminal – 4 related series set in UK, Germany, Spain, and France
Happy Valley S2 E6 resolves all the crime stories in this series, but it leaves us with Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) in emotional tatters. This brief review will have spoilers. I’ve tried to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but my American readers will find the series on Netflix starting March 16, so the need to avoid spoilers is lessened.Continue Reading: Happy Valley S2 E6: Kindness to Strangers
Happy Valley S2 E5 takes some major turns. A mystery gets solved. Other mysteries remain. Several of our favorite characters are still in trouble. I’ve tried to be cryptic about spoilers in these brief reviews, but there are some spoilers ahead.
Happy Valley S2 E4 must be saving the boiling excitement for the final episode in series 2, because this one is more about boiling emotions. I figured there would be dangerous situations to go all around by now, but I was wrong. We have to wait a bit. There are some spoilers ahead.Continue Reading: Happy Valley S2 E4: So, So Emotional
Happy Valley S2 E3 begins with Sgt. Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) talking to a therapist (David Crellin). She either has to get help or retire. Catherine chooses to fill the silence in the therapist’s office with shite.
There will be some unavoidable spoilers in this overview.Continue Reading: Happy Valley S2 E3: Sad, Mad, Glad, Scared
Happy Valley season 2 previews and publicity teasers are coming our way. Here’s a preview, if you can call 10 seconds of video a preview, of what’s to come. Here’s everything I know about the second series.Continue Reading: Previews and Teasers for Happy Valley Season 2
— Red Production Co. (@RedProductionCo) August 24, 2015
With this short note, Twitter carried the announcement of the beginning of filming for season 2 of the BBC drama Happy Valley. The 6 episode season again stars Sarah Lancashire as police sergeant Catherine Cawood. Returning are James Norton as Tommy Lee Royce and Charlie Murphy as Ann Gallagher. George Costigan is back as Nevison Gallagher with Karl Davies returning as Catherine’s son Daniel. Siobhan Finneran returns as Catherine’s sister Clare.
Even though the murderer, rapist and kidnapper Tommy Lee Royce is in prison in season 2, he remains part of the story. The police in The Calder Valley in West Yorkshire have other problems as well. The plot description for season 2 is, “Catherine suspects there may be another serial killer on the loose and makes a gruesome discovery that will have shocking repercussions for her and her family.”
Joining the cast are Kevin Doyle, Katherine Kelly, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Shirley Henderson, Amelia Bullmore, Matthew Lewis, Con O’Neill, and Vincent Franklin.
Happy Valley has been nominated for or won over 30 awards, including Best Drama Series award at the 2015 BAFTAs with writer Sally Wainwright named Best Writer at the 2015 BAFTA Craft Awards. Plus it earns my personal award for being freakin’ fantastic.
I wrote recaps of season 1 of Happy Valley and it can be streamed on Netflix.
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