Creator of Happy Valley says she didn’t want to write a ‘duff climax’

Sarah Lancashire (left) in a scene from hit TV crime drama Happy Valley (Picture: BBC)

Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright confessed she feared writing the closing chapter of the acclaimed crime drama.

The TV scribe, 60, was worried she’d cop flak if the third and final season, starring Sarah Lancashire as Sgt Catherine Cawood, didn’t live up to the previous two outings.

‘We [Sarah and I] made a definite decision that this was going to be the final season. Just because it’s been successful, we weren’t going to let it drift on until it became a pale shadow of itself,’ she said.

‘I was really anxious not to write a duff third season – [but] I really don’t think it is. There’s a very definite climax.’

The Bafta-winning series made a comeback earlier this month, picking up where the second series left off in 2016.

The pieces are in place for another confrontation between Cawood and psychopathic Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton. An imprisoned Royce has been in touch with Cawood’s grandson Ryan – a returning Rhys Connah – the product of Royce’s rape of her daughter, who then took her own life.

Sally Wainwright

Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright decided to end the series to avoid it becoming ‘a pale shadow of itself’ (Picture: Getty)

Wainwright said: ‘There’s a very big face-to-face showdown. The kind of cathartic showdown that people have waited for. It’s pretty dramatic.’

She is pleased producers didn’t recast Connah, now 16, who joined the show and ‘has a lovely vulnerability about him’.

Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton (Picture: BBC)
Happy Valley was criticised by some for its violence, despite reflecting the reality of being a police officer (Picture: BBC)

In an interview with Radio Times, Wainwright also defended the BBC show’s depiction of violence.

She said: ‘I worked with a police adviser called Lisa Farrand. She was pretty cross with some of that criticism because it’s the reality of being a cop. She’s been badly beaten up twice and nearly killed once. To not reflect it in a drama that is realistic about what it’s like to be a female police officer would be a whitewash.’

Happy Valley continues Sunday on BBC One at 9pm

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