‘Happy Valley’ Season 2 episode guide

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Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango In Halifax) returns as police sergeant Catherine Cawood in the new season of BBC One’s Happy Valley.

As Season 2 opens, we join Catherine, the altruistic and forthright police sergeant who is back heading up her team of dedicated police officers in The Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) is now behind bars, but continues to haunt Catherine as she rebuilds her life. There are suspicions that a serial killer is behind a spate of murders and Catherine makes a gruesome discovery that has shocking repercussions for her and her family.

Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant John Wadsworth (Kevin Doyle) has his own set of problems, and despite being in prison, Tommy forms a bond with a mysterious female admirer (Shirley Henderson).

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Episode 1

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 9pm

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Whilst out solving a case of sheep rustling, Catherine discovers a decomposed body hidden in a garage on a local estate. Raped and murdered, the victim is someone close to home. All too soon, Catherine finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.

Meanwhile Clare bumps into her old friend Neil Ackroyd, who has recently moved to Hebden Bridge and works in the local corner shop. Will old flames reignite? Other relationships are thrown into turmoil as Catherine kindly takes in son Daniel after he is thrown out of his house, while Detective Sergeant John Wadsworth faces a tough decision when his girlfriend unexpectedly turns up at the house he shares with his wife and children.

When another dead body is found the police begin to suspect a serial killer is behind the murders, and Detective Superintendent Andy Shepherd and Detective Inspector Jodie Shackleton are called in to head up the case. Locked away behind bars, Tommy Lee Royce is given some very unexpected news and, distraught, seeks comfort in a mysterious female visitor.


Episode 2

Tuesday 16 February 2016, 9pm

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While she remains a suspect in the Lynn Dewhurst investigation, Catherine focuses on a human trafficking case.

Following a successful police raid, Catherine ensures all the women are taken to safe houses. Ilinka, who has vital information on those behind the trafficking, is given refuge with Catherine’s neighbour Winnie and reluctantly agrees to speak to the police. But has Catherine inadvertently put her in danger?

As Vicky’s threats continue, John struggles to get a handle on the murder case. Feeling under pressure at work and at home he takes drastic measures to save both his marriage and reputation.

When Tommy is granted special leave to attend his mother’s funeral, Catherine has an inexplicable compulsion to attend – bringing him face to face with him once more. Meanwhile Clare, feeling vulnerable at Helen’s funeral, turns to an old friend for comfort.


Episode 3

Tuesday 23 February 2016, 9pm

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Tommy urges Frances to go further with her attempts at making Catherine’s life a misery.

John begins to sweat when a new body is discovered.


Episode 4

Tuesday 1 March 2016, 9pm

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A gift for Ryan on his tenth birthday reminds Catherine that danger may be closer than she thinks.


Episode 5

Tuesday 8 March 2016, 9pm

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Daniel suspects somebody at school might be responsible for Ryan’s new-found interest in Tommy.


Episode 6

Tuesday 15 March 2016, 9pm

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Catherine confronts a delusional Frances, while John’s torment leads him to desperate measures.


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