Happy Valley

happy-valley-second-season.41259Another appealing series from the UK is “Happy Valley.” Set in an amazingly remote area of west Yorkshire nestled between the densely populated areas of Leeds-Bradford and Manchester, in the towns and villages of Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Heptonstall, places I daresay not even the well-traveled rarefied VDPers have had occasion to visit. The scenery is a far cry from the famous North Yorkshire moors, and much greener than the nearby Peak District of Derbyshire. The star is Sarah Lancashire, as a police sergeant, and the plot involves perhaps a bit too much of her own family travails, but there’s plenty of local color, mean thugs, and a featured narrowboat.

Thomas Lemann






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