Happy Valley: Season 2 (2016)

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Season 2
Happy Valley

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Happy Valley continues to grow in season two with noteworthy uses of character development, locale, and exceptional performances across the board, admirably led by Sarah Lancashire.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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User Ratings: 172

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Air date: Mar 16, 2016

Eighteen months have passed, and Catherine is spinning plates at work and at home, where Ryan approaches his tenth birthday. Tommy, serving a life sentence in a high-security prison, finds a way of keeping a watchful eye over Ryan from behind bars, while Catherine becomes a murder suspect after finding a dead body.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2016

Catherine comes face to face with Tommy, and John takes action against Vicky's threats. -- (C) BBC

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Tommy urges Frances to go further with her attempts at making Catherine's life a misery. -- (C) BBC

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A birthday gift for Ryan reminds Catherine that danger may be closer than she thinks. -- (C) BBC

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Daniel suspects somebody at school might be responsible for Ryan's interest in Tommy. -- (C) BBC.

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Catherine confronts Frances, while John's torment leads him to desperate measures. -- (C) BBC

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Tv Season Info

In Series 2 Catherine is implicated in a string of murders and while she fights to prove her innocence, she investigates a human trafficking ring. Elsewhere, Catherine's grandson gets close to his teacher.

Cast & Crew

Sarah Lancashire
Catherine Cawood
Kevin Doyle
John Wadsworth
James Norton
Tommy Lee Royce
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Amanda Wadsworth
Katherine Kelly
Jodie Shackleton
Shirley Henderson
Frances Drummond
Amelia Bullmore
Vicky Fleming
Susan Lynch
Alison Garrs
Robert Emms
Daryl Garrs
Ivana Basic
Ilinka Blazevic
Margaret Jackman
Little Old Lady
Karl Davies
Daniel Cawood
Vincent Franklin
Andy Shepherd
Rick Warden
Mike Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Happy Valley Season 2

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (15)

In some ways, Happy Valley is a cousin to The Fall, another very worthy British drama about the criminal-detective dance.

May 8, 2016 | Full Review…

TV drama doesn't get better than this.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Happy Valley's emotionally charged second season completely avoided a sophomore slump, and remained compelling.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…
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"Happy Valley" does a fine job of conveying what it's like to be a small-town police officer whose daily rounds allow her to confront the dumb, silly and awful things people do to each other, and to wrestle with what she herself is capable of.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…
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The second season of Happy Valley is now over... it's been so excellent.

Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

All in all, it was just brilliant telly.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…

At the heart of it all is the splendid Lancashire, incarnating Wainwright's unarguable position that the world is an altogether disappointing place but we struggle on.

Mar 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sally Wainwright's writing in Happy Valley continues to leap nimbly from comic to grave.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Yet, once again, the more lurid moments are constantly offset - and sometimes combined - with some neat comedy and plenty of deft humanising touches.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

There really isn't time to go into what makes Happy Valley's second series so incredible. Just know this: it is flawless.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Wainwright layers her stories like a tightly structured, best-selling thriller, so as well as the hunt for the murderer, now identified as a serial killer, other interlinked secondary plots are introduced.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The nuances of these intricate family profiles are played with superb subtlety by Lancashire and Finneran.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happy Valley: Season 2

  • Feb 02, 2020
    Awesome. I'm waiting on season 3 please. Please🙏💖
  • Dec 05, 2019
    Loved more then the the 1st. I solved the twist but it was gratifying not predictable. I am absolutely so excited to see where they take this next.
  • May 26, 2019
    Too slow and plot was too obvious.
  • Dec 22, 2018
    Brilliant plot, great characters, edge of seat drama
  • Sep 28, 2018
    I LOVE this series. Please Please bring Catherine & Co back for Season 3!
  • Jul 06, 2018
    Loved the first series which i found using boxxy software , very excited for this one. However I felt the last series ended perfectly
  • Apr 15, 2018
    Stellar show, love sarah lancashire
  • Dec 22, 2017
    excellent in all ways...acting, writing, directing...riveting. Great character development!
  • Sep 01, 2016
    Awesome series!! One of my favourite ones!! This is not your regular crime drama full of cliches; both, series 1 and 2, were so engaging.. gripping, dark.. beautiful bleakness indeed!! Outstanding performances, especially by Sarah Lancashire. Well done Brits!! Can't wait to see if there's a third series. A must-see for all true crime drama lovers!!
  • Jun 18, 2016
    Happy Valley Season 2, 2016 is a fantastic British crime show. Non-Spoiler Alert this has nothing to do with Penn State. Starts out slow and very depressing. It never stops being depressing but the intrigue of the story gets better and better. Hang in there and watch it. Sarah Lancashire is one tough cop and great actress. This one is worth watching.

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