Happy Valley: S2

happy valley s2The U.K. import, Happy Valley stands should to shoulder in Season 2 next to giants Prime Suspect and Broadchurch. Complicated, gritty, overwhelming, human, luminous, and shiveringly suspenseful, Happy Valley continues to prove the Brits have it all over us for outstanding murder-mystery, police drama. Written and created by the prolific Sally Wainwright, Happy Valley boasts a phenomenal cast including star Sarah Lancashire, Downton Abbey alums Siobhan Finneran and Kevin Doyle, Grantchester star James Norton, Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, the enchanting Shirley Henderson, and featuring Charlie Murphy, Karl Davies, and Con O’Neill. Captivating through the entire twelve episode arc, Happy Valley exposes the delicate and often failed balance one female detective travels as she navigates through her life attempting to be the best at her job while holding up everyone in her family including herself. Phenomenal acting from Lancashire and the entire cast. The writers don’t shy away from making uncomfortable comparisons and without giving away the plot keep you not only on the edge of your seat, but remind you that life is often out of your control. But in the end, there is some sort of peace of mind for living a good life. 5 out of 5 for this outstanding series.

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