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Happy Valley - 2-DVD Set [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2.4 Import - United Kingdom ]
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A new six-part drama for BBC One, written by Sally Wainwright and starring Sarah Lancashire as police sergeant Catherine Cawood. Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill (Steve Pemberton) comes into her West Yorkshire police station to report a crime. He's reticent about the details and Kevin loses his nerve. The crime he was trying to report was Kevin's own brain-child, a plot to kidnap his boss's daughter and keep enough of the ransom to put his kids through private school. And now local drug king-pin Ashley Cowgill (Joe Armstrong) has put the plan into action, and Kevin's fantasy has become a grim and dangerous reality. The botched kidnapping of Ann Gallagher (Charlie Murphy) and its fallout unfolds... Catherine is used to picking up the pieces of everyone else's lives, but the hunt for Ann Gallagher will get right under her skin. Catherine becomes convinced that only by finding Ann alive and bringing her captors to justice can she avenge the death of her daughter. ...Happy Valley - 2-DVD Set
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As police sargeant 'Catherine' is outraged when the brutal rapist and cause of her daughter's death isn't charged with that but with a lesser charge for which he's served eight years and just been released.
Catherine has brought up her daughter's eight-year old son, played by an excellent actor, Rhys Connah. All the actors are excellent.
Sally Wainright's themes, both in '...Halifax' and Happy Valley, are women being raped and abused and their getting back at their abusers, and the complications revenge entails. For anyone who has been treated in this way these are satisfying stories. Halifax has a lot of small but spot-on humor, and Happy Valley doesn't. But HV winds up in a healing and satisfied way. There is a series 2 and 3.
Sally Wainright is an excellent dialoguist and story plotter, both. Her incisive and empathetic understanding of the intricacies of multi-generational family life raises these two series way above the usual. Directing is seamless in both series.
(The only thing distracting in Happy Valley is Catherine's sister's big, obvious wig. Why a wig? Why this one?)
Troubles are found
In this trouble town
Words do get 'round'
Lyrics to 'Trouble Town'- by Jake Bugg, theme song of Happy Valley
'HappyValley' is one of those towns so misnamed, that you wonder as you drive through, who in their right mind named this town. In Series one it took me until Episode 3 to really get into this series. Until then, it was one of those series with an interesting but violent story lines. But, then, the adventures and personalities of the characters hooked me. It is one of those series where you really come to care for the characters.
And, now in Series two, the series has really hit it's mark.q
Sally Wainwright, who wrote 'The Last Tango In Halifax' wrote this series, and it has more of the tough, brutal, real scenes, we don't see in The Last Tango. The characters are very real, very complex and some are downright nasty. Sarah Lancashire plays Catherine Cawood, you will note her from 'The Last Tango In Halifax'. She is a Police Sargeant in this area, and this is her life. Her daughter hanged herself in the first series, and Catherine took in her grandson. Clare, Catherine's sister, played by Siobhan Finneran, (O'Brien from Downton Abbey), is superb in this role. She is a recovering drug and alcohol addict, working in a Mission and helping to care for the boy. The boy's psychopathic father plays a large role in this series, and a nastier piece of work you will never see. In season 2 he us finally in prison, but still up to no good. All of the police are well played and realistic. The area of Yorkshire in England is as beautiful as it is deadly.
Police Sargeant Cawood has a mess of trouble coming her way. You might think after the last series, she would be due an a diet life. No break for Catherine. An older woman is found dead and mutilated, and then more women are found. A respected detective having an affair gets in over his head. Catherine's young grandson and Catherine's sister, find themselves in difficulty. Through out it all, the police department stays ahead of the game or at least on an uneven keel. Lancashire is put to the test even more, and her character is often in over her head. The acting is superb, Lancashire deserves any and all accolades coming her way, no make-up, dishes end hair, she comes across as a true professional right on the edge. Several actors from Downton Abbey are here, and they pull their weight. In six episodes this series delivers a true punch.
Recommended. prisrob 03-19-16