Sarah Lancashire starring in the BBC hit drama Happy Valley

How BBC drama Happy Valley put Calderdale on the TV map five years ago

Hit BBC drama Happy Valley hit our screens just over five years ago and helped put Calderdale on the television map.

The British crime drama filmed gripped viewers with stories of kidnap, blackmail and murder unfurled against the backdrop of iconic Calderdale landmarks over two series. With talk of a third series still in the works we look back at the film crews spotted in the borough and the success of the show.

One scene showed Catherine being savagely beaten, and in another a policewoman was killed after being repeatedly run over with a car.
One scene showed Catherine being savagely beaten, and in another a policewoman was killed after being repeatedly run over with a car.
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The critically-acclaimed first series was a huge ratings hit for BBC One during its six-week run, pulling in a weekly consolidated audience of almost eight million viewers and an average overnight audience of 5.5 million.
The critically-acclaimed first series was a huge ratings hit for BBC One during its six-week run, pulling in a weekly consolidated audience of almost eight million viewers and an average overnight audience of 5.5 million.
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Created bySally Wainwright, and directed by Wainwright,Euros Lyn, andTim Fywell the first series debuted onBBC Oneon April 29, 2014, and the second series debuted on February 9 2016.
Created bySally Wainwright, and directed by Wainwright,Euros Lyn, andTim Fywell the first series debuted onBBC Oneon April 29, 2014, and the second series debuted on February 9 2016.
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In May 2015, Happy Valley won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series.[1]
In May 2015, Happy Valley won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series.[1]
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