BBC Director General Tim Davie said it was a “special moment” as Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire filmed her final scenes for the hit BBC drama in West Yorkshire.
The actress reprized her role as Sergeant Catherine Cawood for the third and final six-part series of the multi-Bafta award-winning show, written and created by Sally Wainwright.
Mr Davie met the cast and crew at the Dean Clough Mill in Halifax on Friday as Lancashire filmed their final scenes.
He said: “It was a special moment to see Sarah film her final scenes for Happy Valley.
“She brought to life a brilliant character created by the extraordinary Sally Wainwright.
“We are so fortunate at the BBC to be able to work with such incredibly talented people.
“I want to give my credit to all the cast and crew for making such a successful series. I can’t wait to see it on the BBC soon.”
Series one and two of the show won Baftas for Best Drama Series and Best Screenplay, while Lancashire won the Lead Actress award for Series Two.
The final chapter of the Happy Valley story will see James Norton as Catherine’s nemesis, murderer and sex offender Tommy Lee Royce and Siobhan Finneran as Catherine’s sister Clare.
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Con O’Neill will also reprise his role as Neil Ackroyd, Clare’s recovering alcoholic boyfriend, while George Costigan will be back as Nevison Gallagher and Charlie Murphy as his daughter and Catherine’s fellow cop, Ann.
They will be joined by other Happy Valley favorites including Derek Riddell as Richard Cawood, Karl Davies as Daniel Cawood and Susan Lynch as Alison Garrs.
Rick Warden as Mike Taylor, Vincent Franklin as Andy Shepherd and Rhys Connah as Catherine’s grandson Ryan Cawood will also return for the new episodes.
In the new series, Catherine will discover the remains of a gang murder victim in a drained reservoir, setting off a chain of events that unwittingly leads her right back to Royce.
Her grandson Ryan is now 16 and still lives with her, but he has his own ideas about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father.
Still struggling with the seemingly never-ending problem of the Valley’s drugs and those who supply them, Catherine is on the verge of retirement.
Season 3, directed by Patrick Harkins and Fergus O’Brien, will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
The first two series of Happy Valley can be watched on iPlayer.
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