Created by Wainwright, the 6-part crime drama casts Lancashire as a police sergeant in a rural valley, when a staged kidnapping spirals out of control.
“Happy Valley is a dark, funny, multi-layered thriller revolving around the personal and professional life of Catherine, a dedicated, experienced, hard-working copper”, Lancashire told the Radio Times.
“She is also a bereaved mother who looks after her orphaned grandchild. It’s an emotional, complex, challenging role. I’m terrified, exhausted and freezing cold but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
It’s being filmed in the Calder Valley area of Yorkshire and is slated to air on BBC One next year. Red’s Nicola Shindler is the executive producer, alongside Wainwright and Matthew Reed.