Happy Valley

Happy Valley

[Season 1]

DVD - 2015
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Though crime is nothing new in Yorkshire, Catherine finds her world turned upside down when the man she blames for her daughter's death, Tommy Lee Royce, is released from prison. Meanwhile, a desperate father arranges a kidnapping with a local drug lord to receive his wealthy boss' ransom money. The plan spirals out of control, however, when Tommy becomes involved with the deal and takes things too far.
Publisher: London : BBC, [2015]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
2 videodiscs (352 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 07, 2018

I didn't enjoy this thriller as much I expected it, because of the difficulty to understand the British accent.

Mar 26, 2018

Created and written by Sally Wainwright, who also gave us Scott and Bailey. Both are brilliantly acted and filmed. I want more!

Jan 13, 2018

Great English series. See some of the comments below!!

Jan 13, 2018

Great English series. See some of the comments below!!

Sep 13, 2017

Smart, snappy British series. Believable, realistic, often-sad, often-tragic characters (as opposed to the thin, beautiful/handsome actors in the majority of American series) in sad, gritty circumstances (nothing romanticized here: it's a tough world out there). Great suspense; begs to be binge-watched. 5 out of 5 stars.

Sep 06, 2017

Acting was brilliant.

Jun 24, 2017

Rated 9/10. I thought these were an excellent series of episodes. The only one that dragged a little, in my opinion, was the 5th one, which is why I rated it a 9.

Along with an excellent script, there was strong acting portrayed by all. I was especially impressed by James Norton. His Happy Valley role was a huge departure from the one he plays, as the lead character, in the Grantchester series.

FVRL currently does not have season 2, so I have suggested it for purchase. There is a 3rd season planned, which will air no earlier than 2018 at least, and will bring this series to an end.

Jun 17, 2017

acting is outstanding.. really good

May 26, 2017

I think it's fantastic. I love the strong female characters and the realistic family relationships. Catherine (main character) is humane, strong and also vulnerable - believably complex. While a little violent (it is a crime drama after all), I found it to be a welcome change from much of contemporary TV which seems to relish in gratuitous violence and graphic rape. Most of the violence happens off screen and the reactions to it are serious - it is not lightly brushed off.

Apr 01, 2017

Gritty, well-paced, and yes, sometimes violent, this series shows hard-charging, hard-working Sarah Lancashire managing the fall-out from increasing drug trade in an economically depressed area. Among other challenges, a kidnapping that can't be undone once the instigator finds his circumstances could have been changed for the better. The perniciousness of drug use struck a chord with me since Seattle is battling not just increased heroin use but also a rising tide of marijuana usage, even among underage youth. Sgt. Lancashire’s home life is complicated, to say the least. No perfection but refreshingly, no auto-consignment of a dysfunctional family to ruin; people support each other, tell white lies and deliberate lies, fail, succeed, yell, hurt each other, love each other, and generally pick themselves back up. Good to see a strong, honest female police officer onscreen; her physical fights with the suspects are amazingly realistic and well-done and she has a kick-ass intuition. That wry U.K. humor pops up occasionally: watch for the neighborhood ice cream truck that’s hmmmm, doing an amazingly brisk business in bad weather. P.S. Recommend watching with subtitles; heavy Yorkshire accents.

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