Netflix Acquires BBC One’s ‘Happy Valley’ For US & Canada

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Netflix has inked a deal with BBC Worldwide to acquire the exclusive US and Canadian rights to BBC One’s critically acclaimed drama series Happy Valley, TVWise has learned.

Created by Sally Wainwright, Happy Valley revolves around the personal and professional life of a hard-working, dedicated police woman (Sarah Lancashire), in a small town where drunkards, drug addicts and teenage pregnancies are a way of life. Her world is turned upside down when the man she thinks is responsible for her daughter’s death – Tommy Lee Royce – is released from prison.

The drama, which will premiere on Wednesday August 14th, is produced by Red Production Company and stars Sarah Lancashire, Joe Armstrong, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan, James Norton, Adam Long, Karl Davies, Ramon Tikaram and Charlie Murphy. Happy Valley is one of the BBC’s most successful dramas of 2014 with an average consolidated audience of 7.2 million viewers on BBC one the UK.

“We’re  proud to add this highly lauded, masterfully crafted and brilliantly acted British series to the exclusive offerings Netflix viewers in the US and Canada can enjoy,” said Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix’s Vice-President of Content Acquisition. “Already recognized as one of the top dramas of 2014, ‘Happy Valley,’ is sure to keep our viewers on the edge of their seats.”

This marks the latest international deal that BBC Worldwide has struck for Happy Valley in recently week. The commercial arm of the BBC has previously sold the drama to ABC in Australia, YLE in Finland, Canal+ in France, RUV in Iceland, TVNZ in New Zealand, NRK in Norway and Swedish broadcaster SVT.