Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Happy Valley: has it become too violent?

Open Thread: As the fourth episode of Happy Valley shocks TV audiences, do you think the violence needs to stop? Join in our open thread. WARNING: Contains spoilers

 Last night's episode of BBC One drama Happy Valley has caused a stir by showing some of the most disturbing scenes in recent memory. Sally Wainwright's bleak, gripping thriller in which a disgruntled office worker's (Steve Pemberton) plans to hold his boss's daughter to ransom trigger a terrible chain of events has caught viewers' imaginations, with more than five million tuning in to last night's fourth part. It has already proved to be a shocking and provocative piece of work: in last week's episode, young policewoman Kirsten McAskill (Sophie Rundle) was murdered in a slow, tantalisingly drawn-out scene.

In the latest episode, horror was piled upon horror as Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) and the kidnapped Ann (Charlie Murphy) were left to fight for their lives after rapist Tommy Lee Royce's (James Norton) brutal attack. It was gut-wrenching even by Happy Valley's standards, but judging by the response on Twitter, many people were enthralled by the gripping, if gruesome, events.

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