The popular BBC drama series, Happy Valley will be available on U.S. and Canadian Netflix accounts starting on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Netflix describes the series in a statement saying, “Happy Valley is one of the most gripping and exciting shows to come out of the UK this year, and we are thrilled that it will make its anticipated North American debut just weeks after it finished its initial airing across the pond, Matt Forde, EVP Sales & Co-Productions for BBC Worldwide North America. Fans already recognize Netflix as a great place to discover new BBC dramas, and this clever, compelling thriller wont disappoint. ”
Starring BAFTA winner Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango in Halifax), Happy Valley is an original six-part drama by BAFTA winning writer Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey). The darkly compelling series centres on Catherine (Lancashire), a hard-working, no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a dedicated police team in a rural British town. When a staged kidnapping quickly spirals out of control and turns into a much more extreme series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home. The series also stars new talent James Norton (Death Comes to Pemberley), Steve Pemberton (Whitechapel), Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), George Costigan (Calendar Girls) and Joe Armstrong (Robin Hood).
Nicola Shindler and Wainwright serve as executive producers on Happy Valley. The series is a Red Production Company production for the BBC. It premiered on BBC One in the UK to 7.6 million viewers, winning its time slot. The series finale notched up an unprecedented 92.5 audience appreciation rating for the national broadcaster BBC Ones highest ever AI for a drama series – and was recently nominated for a TV Choice Award for Best Drama as well as being selected for Edinburgh TV Festivals coveted Programme Choice award.