Watch the dramatic Happy Valley series 3 trailer featuring Joy Division's Atmosphere

13 December 2022, 17:46

Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley
Sarah Lancashire will return in Happy Valley for the third and final series. Picture: BBC/Alamy
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After six years it has been confirmed that the BBC police drama starring Sarah Lancashire will air a third season. Find out what to expect.

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Happy Valley is set to return to our screens after almost six years off-air and a first look trailer has since been shared.

The last series of the BBC show came out in Spring 2016 and left plenty of loose ends to tie up for Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) and the residents of Calder Valley.

Now BBC has announced the series will return for a third and final instalment, giving us six new episodes of the Yorkshire drama. But when will it hit our screens and what can we expect from the series?

Watch the brand new trailer for Happy Valley, featuring Joy Division's Atmosphere and find out everything we know about the upcoming series so far, including who's in the cast and when it's set to be released.

Happy Valley | Series 3 Trailer - BBC

When does Happy Valley Season 3 start?

Happy Valley' begins 9pm on Sunday 1st January 2023, New Year’s Day, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Who’s in the cast of Happy Valley Season 3?

We can expect some familiar faces to return in the final series, including Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Cawood and Siobhan Finneran as Catherine's sister, Clare Cartwright, who is still in recovery from her drug addiction. It also mentions in the synopsis that Catherine's grandson Ryan is going to make a return, who was previously played by Rhys Connah. Also back for the final episodes will be murderer and sex offender, Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton, who has been playing mind games with the Sergeant for years.

Sarah Lancashire stars as Sgt Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley
Sarah Lancashire stars as Sgt Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley. Picture: BBC

What’s the plot for Happy Valley Season 3?

Sadly, as the return of the show has just been announced, there’s no trailer yet, but we do have some clues about the plot of the series. In the BBC synopsis of the show, he final season will begin with Catherine finding the remains of a murder victim and the events which follow will find her once again coming face to face with nemesis Tommy.

With regards to her personal life, grandson Ryan is still living with her but he is starting to ask questions about his father. As Catherine refuses to acknowledge the man who is his birth father, her relationship with her grandson becomes increasingly strained.

Ready for retirement but wanting to solve the drug problem in the valley, it seems bosses are planning a dramatic ending to the Happy Valley story.

Siobhan Finneran and Sarah Lancashire in series 1 of Happy Valley
Siobhan Finneran and Sarah Lancashire will return for Happy Valley 3. Picture: BBC/Netflix/Alamy

Where can I watch Happy Valley 1 and 2?

Series 1-2 of Happy Valley are available now on BBC iPlayer.

Happy Valley' begins 9pm on Sunday 1 January 2023, New Year’s Day, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.


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