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Netflix Picks Up BBC’s ‘Happy Valley’ Crime Drama

Netflix has acquired rights to BBC drama series “Happy Valley,” scheduled to make its exclusive U.S. and Canadian debut on the video-streaming service Aug. 20.

The series, starring BAFTA winner Sarah Lancashire (“Last Tango in Halifax,” pictured above), is a six-part drama that revolves around the personal and professional life of hardworking, dedicated policewoman (Lancashire), in a small town where alcoholics, drug addicts and pregnant teens 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 (James Norton) — is released from prison. Series is scribed by Sally Wainwright (“Last Tango in Halifax,” “Scott & Bailey”).

“We’re proud to add this highly lauded, masterfully crafted and brilliantly acted British series to the exclusive offerings Netflix viewers in the U.S. and Canada can enjoy,” said Elizabeth Bradley, VP of content acquisition at Netflix. “Already recognized as one of the top dramas of 2014, ‘Happy Valley,’ is sure to keep our viewers on the edge of their seats.”

Matt Forde, BBC Worldwide North America EVP sales and co-productions, added: “‘Happy Valley’ is one of the most gripping and exciting shows to come out of the U.K. this year, and we are thrilled that it will make its anticipated North American debut just weeks after it finished its initial airing across the pond.”

Series is a Red Production Co. production for the BBC. It premiered in the U.K. on April 29, 2014, on BBC One to 7.6 million viewers, winning its timeslot.

BBC Worldwide has also sold rights to the show to TV broadcasters in Australia, Finland, France, Iceland; New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.

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