DVD Review: Happy Valley
Once again the BBC prove that they produce the best TV Cop Dramas ever. Happy Valley cements this in place by being anything but Happy. Sarah Lancashire plays the lead role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood, a local police officer still dealing with the suicide of her daughter, Becky. It probably doesn’t help that she is now raising her daughter’s son, who in turn has caused her marriage to break up. She blames local lad Tommy Lee Royce, who raped Becky, which lead to her pregnant and being unable to cope. So naturally when she sees fresh out of prison, Royce, lurking around the her small town of Hebden Bridge, she wants to know what he’s up to.
Well, no good as it turns out. And then some. Royce is employed by a local builder who uses his caravan park as a front for dealing drugs, and has recently gone into the business of kidnap and ransom. Royce is all to happy to be a part of this potential money making scheme, and not just for the money.
Sarah Lancashire manages to portray an amazing female character, and this along with an adrenaline laced cocktail of kidnap, rape, murder and the effects of drugs on small towns, combines to produce a roller-coaster ride of six parts.
Nothing however is what it seems, and peoples lives and decisions soon spiral pout of control. Even when you think the series has peaked too early, you soon realise that the roller-coaster is just starting all over again.
Possibly the best TV (on DVD) that you will see this year.