In 50-ish Words

Happy Valley

Lee Ramsay
Lee Ramsay (former) Head of Innovation

BBC's Happy Valley breaks many rules of TV. A flawed, angry police officer haunted by a family tragedy trying to do the right thing on their patch. So far, so normal. But it's a woman who plays the protagonist and a brilliant one at that. Sarah Lancashire exudes a quiet and chilling inner rage mixed with a vicious moral temper, when faced with extraordinary circumstances that would test us all. This, coupled with the breathtaking performance of Keeley Hawes in 'The Line of Duty' - and the return of the excellent ‘Scott and Bailey’ on the horizon - has the ‘police procedural’ been given a new lease of life? And is this because they’re characters played by and (mostly) written by women? All of these are told in six neat episodes and deal with murky shades of grey, which deliver compelling tightly wound drama.