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01st Jun 2023

One of the BBC’s most popular crime dramas is now available on the RTÉ Player

Stephen Porzio

Happy Valley

The acclaimed show finished up with a finale this year that earned rave reviews.

The acclaimed British crime drama Happy Valley wrapped up its third and final season earlier this year on BBC One, with its finale receiving raves from audiences (you can read JOE’s take on the final episode right here).

And in what should come as great news for people in Ireland that have either not yet seen the series or want to revisit it, the entirety of the show has recently been added to the RTÉ Player.

For those not aware, Happy Valley was created by Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax) and stars Sarah Lancashire as the no-nonsense police sergeant Catherine Cawood who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley.

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Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley

However, when a staged kidnapping involving a figure from her past – series villain Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) – spirals into a brutal series of crimes, Catherine finds herself in something significantly bigger than her rank.

Having first premiered in 2014, Happy Valley received a ton of plaudits throughout its three seasons – winning two BAFTA Television Awards for Best Drama Series. In particular, it has garnered praise for Lancashire and Norton’s performances, as well as the depth of the series’ characters and the show’s twisty plotlines.

And in what is further good news for those looking for a binge-worthy new series to watch, Happy Valley’s seasons consist of just six episodes, meaning viewers can fly through the show fast.

Happy Valley is streaming on RTÉ Player now, as part of a new selection of summer TV boxsets available to watch on the service, including A Spy Among Friends, Billy the Kid, Clean Sweep, The Responder and The Reunion.

You can check out a trailer for Happy Valley below.

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