Happy Valley (2014– )
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Episode #2.5 

Catherine and Ann have a long drunken night out while Frances makes the petrol bomb she plans to throw through Catherine's window.


Sally Wainwright


Sally Wainwright, Sally Wainwright (created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Lancashire ... Catherine Cawood
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ... Joyce
Charlie Murphy ... Ann Gallagher
Shane Zaza ... Shafiq Shah
Chord Melodic ... Sledge (as Chris Michael-Hall)
Mete Dursun Mete Dursun ... Gorkem Tekeli
Matt Adams ... Fit Lad
Shirley Henderson ... Frances Drummond
Katherine Kelly ... Jodie Shackleton
Kevin Doyle ... John Wadsworth
Matthew Lewis ... Sean Balmforth
Gerard Fletcher Gerard Fletcher ... Solicitor
Vincent Franklin ... Andy Shepherd
Siobhan Finneran ... Clare Cartwright
Karl Davies ... Daniel Cawood


Sean denies any of the murders, claiming he lent his van to a friend whose address he has lost and when another corpse is found, slain during his remand, he is released. Meanwhile John returns home and demands that his unfaithful wife leaves, and Catherine discovers that Drummond delivered the birthday present and is encouraging Ryan to contact his father. At their farm house Daryl makes a shocking confession to his mother with a drastic outcome. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama








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8 March 2016 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Siobhan Finneran (Clare Cartwright) & Kevin Doyle (John Wadsworth) also worked together on Downton Abbey (2010) as Sarah O'Brien & Joseph Molesley respectively. See more »


The kitchen cabinets had flowers painted on them earlier in the season (after having only outlines at the start of the season). In this episode, the designs were, again, outlines. See more »


Catherine Cawood: Y'see now I'm thinking - nevermind the Knezevics - I'm thinking that whoever left that Scalextric is going to do something... something else. Something even more weird.
Clare Cartwright: Like what?
Catherine Cawood: I dunno. A brick through the window.
Clare Cartwright: You see, I don't think a brick through the window is as weird as leaving a present on your doorstep, actually. And I don't think somebody who'd leave a present on your doorstep would put a brick through you're window anyway.
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The best laid plans
31 August 2018 | by j_ragerSee all my reviews

This episode reminds you why this show is so excellent - it rarely gets wound up around a morality bobbin wherein hides some grand redemption. Much like the Wire, it never lets you think for one minute "maybe, this time, we're making progress ridding some small bourough of evil." The incessant malaise of human imperfection - and the constancy of evil - are always rooting from the trimmings of the constant gardener, God as it were, personified in this case by Catherine. The last scene, a very welcome allusion to Steinbeck, suggests that the only justice, the only mercy, is death.

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