It’s been an agonising two-year wait, but rough-tough Hebden Bridge copper Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) will soon be returning to our screens in the Bafta-winning BBC1 thriller Happy Valley.



Here’s what TV Times know so far about one of 2016’s most eagerly awaited shows…



Catherine’s in the wars again



Poor Catherine spent most of the first series getting battered and bruised and on-set reports suggest  there’s no let-up in her troubles this time.



The new run will see her make a grim discovery after which  she starts to suspect that there’s another serial killer stalking the Calder Valley…



‘It spirals out of control very quickly again,’ Sarah tells us.



Tommy Lee Royce is back!



We know we should hate him but the always-excellent  James Norton (Granchester, War & Peace)  has made twisted Tommy one of TV’s most compelling villains  and fans will be (secretly) delighted he’s returning.



The second series finds the ultimate bad lad languishing in prison, but he has forged a bond with enigmatic newcomer Frances (played by Shirley Henderson)…





Molseley’s on the case



Kevin Doyle, best known as Downton’s downtrodden footman-turned-teacher Molseley, joins the cast as DS John Wadsworth.



Wadsworth arrives at Catherine’s station with a shed-load of personal issues. Kevin previously appeared in Sally Wainwright’s Scott & Bailey as sinister Geoff Hastings, so we’re expecting the complicated copper  have a bit more of an edge to him than cuddly old Molseley!



Corrie invasion!



A trio of former Weatherfield residents are joining fellow Coronation Street star Sarah in series two.



 Julie Hesmondhalgh is nurse Amanda, John Wadsworth’s wife,  and Mr Selfridge star Katherine Kelly is  DI Jodie Shackleton. Meanwhile Scott & Bailey’s Amelia Bullmore, who played Steph Barnes in Corrie, is the mysterious Vicky….



‘It’s a whole new ball game…’



Karl Davies and Siobhan Finneran will reprise their roles as Catherine’s estranged son Daniel and loyal sister Clare, while George Costigan and Charlie Murphy are back as local businessman Nevison Gallagher and his fiery daughter Ann – but how have they moved on from Ann’s kidnapping…?



‘It’s going to be quite different from the first series, but we have kept elements of the first series,’ reveals writer Sally Wainwright, ‘It’s a whole new ball game…’

Here’s the trailer for series two…

What do you think will happen next in Happy Valley?  Let us know below – TV Times mugs for three favourite ideas……

CAREN CLARK