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Tommy Lee Royce (nm3584268)'s character is based on Max Cady in Cape Fear (1991).
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The prison canteen was actually filmed in a high school close to where "Happy Valley" was shot.
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The show was written specifically for Sarah Lancashire, who had previously had a starring role in Sally Wainwright's Last Tango in Halifax (2012). Wainwright was so impressed by Lancashire's performance, she devised "Happy Valley" as a solo vehicle for Lancashire.
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Although James Norton grew up in Yorkshire, he attended a private boarding school and Cambridge University, and normally speaks with a very "posh" accent. He first auditioned for the role of Tommy Lee Royce by submitting a video, as he was out of the country at the time. He later said he thought auditioning this way helped him get the role, as actors with posh accents are often typecast by producers who don't feel they are authentic to play criminals and thugs. He has appeared on several talk shows where the hosts were shocked to hear him speak, as the Yorkshire accent he has in "Happy Valley" is so authentic. He uses his normal accent in Grantchester (2014) that takes place near Cambridge.
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The show is filmed around Halifax in Yorkshire, and nearly all of the actors are local to the area. They speak with the distinct Yorkshire accent and use phrases like "it were" (instead of "it was") and "it's reet" (meaning "it's alright").
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Voted "Radio Times" Number 1 program of 2014.
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Following the second series in 2016, it was announced that Sarah Lancashire was unlikely to return to her lead role as Catherine Cawood; though it was announced several days later that Lancashire had had second thoughts and would be up for returning.
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"Happy Valley" creator/writer Sally Wainwright also wrote the BBC series Last Tango in Halifax (2012), also starring Sarah Lancashire and set in the West Yorkshire town of Halifax, close to where "Happy Valley" is set.
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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.
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Sally Wainwright revealed that one of the reasons she had chosen Hebden Bridge as the setting for the show was to highlight the drug problems the town has faced. This is mentioned in series one, with Catherine (Sarah Lancashire) repeatedly demanding for more to be done to combat drug dealing in the town.
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Shirley Henderson (Frances Drummond) & Matthew Lewis (Sean Balmforth) also worked together on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) & Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) as Moaning Myrtle & Neville Longbottom respectively.
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George Costigan (Nevison Gallagher) & Siobhan Finneran (Clare Cartwright) also worked together on Unforgiven (2009) as Eddie Ackroyd & Izzie Ingram respectively. They'd previously worked together on Rita, Sue and Bob too (1987) as two of the title character, Bob and Rita.
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Kevin Doyle (John Wadsworth) & Amelia Bullmore (Vicky Fleming) also worked together on Scott & Bailey (2011) as Geoff Hastings & DCI Gill Murray respectively.
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Siobhan Finneran (Clare Cartwright) & Karl Davies (Daniel Crawford) also worked together on The Syndicate (2012) as Mandy & Luke respectively.
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Charlie Murphy (Ann Gallagher) & Sophie Rundle (Kirsten McAskill) also worked together on Peaky Blinders (2013) as Jessie Eden & Ada Shelby respectively.
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In Series 2, Kevin Doyle and Amelia Bullmore play two lovers, with Doyle ultimately murdering Bullmore's character after she begins blackmailing him. The pair had previously starred together in series 1 of Scott & Bailey (2011).
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