Happy Valley: Season 2 (2016)


Season 2
Happy Valley

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 153
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Air date: Mar 16, 2016
Air date: Mar 16, 2016
Air date: Mar 16, 2016
Air date: Mar 16, 2016
Air date: Mar 16, 2016
Air date: Mar 16, 2016

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.


Sarah Lancashire
as Catherine Cawood
James Norton
as Tommy Lee Royce
Siobhan Finneran
as Clare Cartwright
Charlie Murphy (V)
as Ann Gallagher
George Costigan
as Nevison Gallagher
Katherine Kelly
as Jodie Shackleton
Julie Hesmondhalgh
as Amanda Wadsworth
Shirley Henderson
as Frances Drummond
Kevin Doyle
as John Wadsworth
Steve Pemberton
as Kevin Weatherill
Vincent Franklin
as Andy Shepherd
Matthew Lewis
as Sean Balmforth
Con O'Neill
as Neil Ackroyd
Amelia Bullmore
as Vicky Fleming
Karl Davies
as Daniel Cawood
Shane Zaza
as Shafiq Shah
Rick Warden
as Mike Taylor
Rhys Connah
as Ryan Cawood
Steve Edge
as Graham Tattersall
Mete Dursun
as Gorkem Tekeli
Robert Emms
as Daryl Garrs
Susan Lynch
as Alison Garrs
Ivana Basic
as Ilinka Blazevic
Paul Brennen
as Custodial Officer
Ramon Tikaram
as Praveen Badal
Olwen May
as Mrs Beresford
Darren Morfitt
as Bar Manager
Karen Bryson
as Dr Carol Fowler
Gerard Fletcher
as Solicitor
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Critic Reviews for Happy Valley Season 2

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

The plot is already full of suspense and possibilities. Performances were uniformly excellent.

Feb 10, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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…

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…

The second season of Happy Valley is now over... it's been so excellent.

Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…

As with the first season, the stories keep tiptoeing up to cliché before shuffling into more interesting and complicated emotional territory.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

At its core, Happy Valley reminds us of how wonderfully flawed we all are.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Above all else, it's Lancashire's performance that makes Happy Valley tick. At various stages of the series she is left bruised and hysterical, and you feel every single emotion along with her.

Mar 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Revisiting the series and overcoming the early obstacles was, indeed, rewarding. Not every plot twist is original or even believable, but the second season only solidifies how impressive the whole Happy Valley world is.

Mar 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happy Valley: Season 2

  • 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.
  • May 13, 2016
    Still intense, suspenseful and very engaging.
  • Apr 11, 2016
    Amazing even better than season 1 . Roll on season 3. Best show I have seen in a long time .

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