Articles about Happy Valley
Series to Watch: January 2023
DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick 10 new dramas to watch this January, from a new Elena Ferrante adaptation and an Australian mystery thriller to computer game remake The Last of Us and the return of Happy Valley.
The Wainwright direction
From Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack to Last Tango in Halifax and To Walk Invisible, writer and director Sally Wainwright has made her mark on the drama industry with her unique blend of storytelling. Here, she lifts the lid on the creative process.
Just one more
In the age of binge-watching, what makes a compelling drama that demands viewers watch the next episode immediately? DQ speaks to a host of writers to find out how they keep audiences hooked to the very end.
Brits dominate Rose D’Or scripted
The nominations for this year’s Rose D’Or scripted categories are all UK shows. Andy Fry looks at some of the runners and riders.
Women re-energise crime drama
In honour of ITV’s Brit noir series Marcella, we look at some of the women detectives who have helped reinvigorate a genre that used to be the preserve of cantankerous middle-aged men.
Fox keeps faith in Gotham
Fox opts to visit Gotham once again despite the Batman prequel’s modest ratings, AMC calls for more Saul and Italian mobsters head to the US thanks to SundanceTV.
BBC1 drama dominates UK viewing
BBC1 has had a storming start to the year thanks to dramas like Happy Valley and The Night Manager, while CBS CEO Les Moonves has given an unofficial renewal commitment to a slate of shows.
British writers display their dark side
It’s not just the Nordics that can write and produce great crime drama. This week we look at some of the crime shows that have been doing great international business at BBC Worldwide Showcase.
ITV’s Endeavour pays off
Feature-length ‘story of the week’ dramas continue to work wonders for UK channels, with ITV renewing Morse spin-off Endeavour. Happy Valley starts strongly for the BBC, while The CW’s partnership with DC continue to reap rewards.
Diederick Santer, the MD of drama production company Lovely Day, chooses three scenes from contemporary dramas that have inspired him over the past few years.