Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

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 Catherine Cawood (12 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Clare Cartwright (12 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Shafiq Shah (12 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Ann Gallagher (12 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Tommy Lee Royce (12 episodes, 2014-2016)
Rhys Connah ...
 Ryan Cawood (12 episodes, 2014-2016)
Ishia Bennison ...
 Joyce (11 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Mike Taylor (9 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Nevison Gallagher (9 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Daniel Cawood (9 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Helen Gallagher (7 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 John Wadsworth (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Ashley Cowgill (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Kevin Weatherill (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Andy Shepherd (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Lewis Whippey (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Jodie Shackleton (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Amanda Wadsworth (6 episodes, 2016)
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 Richard Cawood (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Frances Drummond (6 episodes, 2016)
Madison Brown ...
 Amber Wadsworth (6 episodes, 2016)
James Senneck ...
 Ben Wadsworth (6 episodes, 2016)
Mete Dursun ...
 Gorkem Tekeli (5 episodes, 2016)
Felix Johnson ...
 Jack Wadsworth (5 episodes, 2016)
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 Jenny Weatherill (5 episodes, 2014)
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 Neil Ackroyd (5 episodes, 2016)
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 Sean Balmforth (5 episodes, 2016)
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 Police Officer - David Loyd (5 episodes, 2014)
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Catherine is a no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. When a staged kidnapping spirals out of control turning into a brutal series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home. Written by Anonymous

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Happy Valley - In einer kleinen Stadt  »

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The series was criticised by viewers on its return in 2016 for poor sound quality. The issues were resolved and are absent from subsequent broadcasts. See more »

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4 June 2014 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I thought 'Scott & Bailey" to be extraordinary - and it is - but "Happy Valley" is gut wrenching, heart stopping, uncomfortable, and totally, totally brilliant. Firstly, nothing of quality can be created without a very good script, and Sally Wainwright's script is her best yet, and rivals her Scott & Bailey scripts. The dialogue crackles with its own rhythm, and sharp observations of modern life, while the emerging story is all at once shocking as it is at times ordinary.

Happy Valley is the name the police use to describe this neck of the woods, around Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Drugs, unemployment, and the resultant crime are part of everyday life. Within this mix, we meet Catherine Cawood, a policewoman (formerly a detective) played by Sarah Lancashire. At the risk of throwing too many superlatives into this review, I believe Ms Lancashire should win a BAFTA in 2015 for her portrayal of a dedicated, often jaded, but loyal and determined copper. I *believed* her character, through her heroics, as well as her anti-heroism. Her ambivalence towards her young grandson is uncomfortable to watch, but completely understandable. It would be too easy to say that Sarah Lancashire *is* the show, but that would be unfair to some of the other fine performers, such as James Norton, George Costigan, Siobhan Finneran, and a stellar performance from Steve Pemberton, whose character, Kevin, sets off the whole mess of events which kept me breathless for the 6 episodes.

The environment - around Hebden Bridge and Halifax, in West Yorkshire - is beautiful, and the buildings appear to have grown directly out of the landscape, and while this may be an ancient environment, the problems which occupy the police all belong in the modern world. I am really hoping there will be a Series 2.


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