Happy Valley

Happy Valley

Season 1

DVD - 2015
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Though crime is nothing new in Yorkshire, police sergeant Catherine Cawood finds her world turned upside down when the man she blames for her daughter's death, Tommy Lee Royce, is released from prison. Meanwhile, a desperate father arranges a kidnapping with a local drug lord to receive his wealthy boss' ransom money. The plan spirals out of control, however, when Tommy becomes involved with the deal and takes things too far.
Publisher: Burbank, California : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, [2015]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 352 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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CarlaCS
Sep 13, 2017

Smart, snappy British series. Believable, realistic, often-sad, often-tragic characters (as opposed to the thin, beautiful/handsome actors in the majority of American series) in sad, gritty circumstances (nothing romanticized here: it's a tough world out there). Great suspense; begs to be binge-watched. 5 out of 5 stars.

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susancp61
Sep 06, 2017

Acting was brilliant.

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tenet
Jun 24, 2017

Rated 9/10. I thought these were an excellent series of episodes. The only one that dragged a little, in my opinion, was the 5th one, which is why I rated it a 9.

Along with an excellent script, there was strong acting portrayed by all. I was especially impressed by James Norton. His Happy Valley role was a huge departure from the one he plays, as the lead character, in the Grantchester series.

FVRL currently does not have season 2, so I have suggested it for purchase. There is a 3rd season planned, which will air no earlier than 2018 at least, and will bring this series to an end.

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conniemaas
Jun 17, 2017

acting is outstanding.. really good

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keashipley
May 26, 2017

I think it's fantastic. I love the strong female characters and the realistic family relationships. Catherine (main character) is humane, strong and also vulnerable - believably complex. While a little violent (it is a crime drama after all), I found it to be a welcome change from much of contemporary TV which seems to relish in gratuitous violence and graphic rape. Most of the violence happens off screen and the reactions to it are serious - it is not lightly brushed off.

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kpelish
Apr 01, 2017

Gritty, well-paced, and yes, sometimes violent, this series shows hard-charging, hard-working Sarah Lancashire managing the fall-out from increasing drug trade in an economically depressed area. Among other challenges, a kidnapping that can't be undone once the instigator finds his circumstances could have been changed for the better. The perniciousness of drug use struck a chord with me since Seattle is battling not just increased heroin use but also a rising tide of marijuana usage, even among underage youth. Sgt. Lancashire’s home life is complicated, to say the least. No perfection but refreshingly, no auto-consignment of a dysfunctional family to ruin; people support each other, tell white lies and deliberate lies, fail, succeed, yell, hurt each other, love each other, and generally pick themselves back up. Good to see a strong, honest female police officer onscreen; her physical fights with the suspects are amazingly realistic and well-done and she has a kick-ass intuition. That wry U.K. humor pops up occasionally: watch for the neighborhood ice cream truck that’s hmmmm, doing an amazingly brisk business in bad weather. P.S. Recommend watching with subtitles; heavy Yorkshire accents.

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LPL_Sarah
Jan 19, 2017

Sarah Lancashire is fantastic in this! Bing-watch worthy!

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readerpat
Aug 18, 2016

I wanted to watch this series because I grew up in Sowerby Bridge where a lot of this was filmed. I also like Sarah Lancashire.....remember her playing Raquel on Coronation St years ago. This was a very exciting story but a bit too violent and I did not care for some of the bad language

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Shwayfet
Aug 10, 2016

Having loved "Last Tango in Halifax," I was eager to watch Sally Wainwright's crime series written just for the female main character. As I sat and watched, I decided that there is enough sadness in the world that I did not have to watch an intelligent, but quite upset man, deliberately do something criminal. One knew that he would ruin his life, as well as the lives of his family and cause all sorts of problems. It seemed to me that "white privilege" was being carried way too far. I stopped the DVD, put it back in the case and returned the entire case to the library.

pscho Jul 06, 2016

Dark series, but well acted. If you like Scott & Bailey you will like this.

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