PUBLISHED: 12:37, Wed, Oct 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:21, Wed, Oct 14, 2020
BBC drama Happy Valley has been off screens for some time now. The gritty, BAFTA-winning series has developed a loyal fanbase, which is eager to see the next chapter of the story. Express.co.uk has the lowdown on the series.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright said: "I'm writing Happy Valley three now, that is the next thing on the list.
"I've only just started, I'm getting all the research together but we have got some good storylines in mind."
She went on to say: "I'm not directing Gentleman Jack this time which I'm very sad about but I made that choice because I wanted to get on with Happy Valley three and I hope I will be directing that but we will see, it's just very time consuming.”
She added: "All the time I'm directing I'm not writing so it's a big decision."
As Wainwright is in the early stages of writing, season three is unlikely to be airing for some time.
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Happy Valley season 3 is in the works (Image: BBC)
Happy Valley season 3 will see Sarah Lancashire back (Image: BBC)
The earliest season three is likely to air could be in 2021 but the BBC hasn’t confirmed anything yet.
Additionally, the coronavirus pandemic could affect filming with parts of Britain going into lockdown again.
COVID-19 filming restrictions could also impact on the speed of filming and production with the cast and crew adhering to social distancing and rigorous testing during the shoot
Season two of Happy Valley aired back in 2016 and proved just as captivating as the first outing.
Since then, Wainwright has been busy on her other love letter to Yorkshire: The Tango in Halifax as well the successful BBC and HBO series Gentleman Jack.
Wainwright not only wrote the scripts for Gentleman Jack, which is based on the diaries of the first modern-day lesbian Anne Lister who lived in the 1800s, but also directed the series.
The show was well-received and got renewed for season two, which has proved time-consuming for Wainwright.
Additionally, she revealed after an evening out in 2018 with Last Tango in Halifax