BBC One drama Happy Valley closes with 7.8m viewers

The series is testimony to the creative ambition, quality and breadth of original British drama on BBC One.Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One
Date: 12.06.2014     Last updated: 12.06.2014 at 13.30
Category: BBC One; Drama
BBC One drama series Happy Valley, by critically acclaimed writer Sally Wainwright, has received an average consolidated audience of 7.2 million viewers across the series, with 7.8 million tuning into the final episode.

Original British drama Happy Valley, created by BAFTA Award-winning writer Sally Wainwright and produced by RED Production Company for BBC One, drew to a close last Tuesday after the series was acclaimed by audience and critics alike.

Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire, has been a huge ratings hit for BBC One during its six-week run, pulling in a consolidated average audience of 7.2 million viewers across the six episodes, with 7.8 million tuning into the finale. In addition, there have been 8.1 million iPlayer requests for Happy Valley to date.

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, says: “Sally Wainwright's sensational series has gripped the nation for the last six weeks. Visceral, emotional and provocative from beginning to end, it’s been fantastic to see our audience on tenterhooks, begging for more. The series is testimony to the creative ambition, quality and breadth of original British drama on BBC One.”

Happy Valley has been hailed by critics as “utterly compelling” (Daily Mail), “unmissable” (The Guardian) and “one of the best watches of 2014” (The Telegraph) with Sarah Lancashire’s performance already tipped for a BAFTA next year.

Happy Valley is a RED Production Company production for BBC One. It is created, written and executive produced by Sally Wainwright, produced by Karen Lewis and directed by Euros Lyn and Sally Wainwright.

It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama. Executive producers are Nicola Shindler for RED Production Company and Matthew Read for the BBC.

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