BBC Worldwide has sold BBC One’s Happy Valley to a slew of international broadcasters.
Australia’s ABC, Finland’s YLE, France’s Canal+, Iceland’s RUV, New Zealand’s TVNZ, Norway’s NRK and Swedish broadcaster SVT have acquire the six episode first season of Happy Valley from the BBC’s commercial arm. These mark the first international deals for the series and TVWise also understands that a US network is close to picking up the show.
“Happy Valley has taken the UK by storm and really showcases the best of British drama”, said Liam Keelan, Director of Scripted at BBC Worldwide. “We are very proud to be taking this popular series to audiences around the world to enjoy.’
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 was created by Sally Wainwright, 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. BBC One has yet to re-commission the series, though Wainwright recently said she had plans for a potential second season.