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Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire 'sets up production company'

Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire ‘sets up production company with husband Peter Salmon to create her own shows’ ahead of series’ explosive finale

Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire has reportedly set up her own production company with TV executive husband Peter Salmon. 

According to The Sun Sarah, 58, who shares one son with the producer, 66, plans to create her own shows after filing paperwork for Via Pictures last week.

The former Corrie actress not only plays Sargent Catherine Cawood in the smash hit BBC1 show, but also became producer for the third and final series. 

A source told the publication: ‘ She is going to be in huge demand, but it’s important to remember she has also had a lot of creative say behind the scenes on the plot and the way Happy Valley was filmed’.

‘Sarah’s husband, Peter, is one of the most respected and well-liked TV executives in the industry’.

Next steps: Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire has reportedly set up her own production company with TV executive husband Peter Salmon (pictured together in 2016)

Before adding: ‘By setting up a company together they are going to not only be in big demand, but also hugely successful.’ 

Peter is currently CEO of Endemol Shine and is behind such TV hits as Broadchurch, Big Brother and Masterchef. 

The couple are known to be private about their family life, with Sarah telling The Mirror in 2001: ‘We are not a public couple and I don’t even like talking about my relationship with Peter.

‘I guard it because it is very precious. It is not a piece of drama. It is real life, my normal life. And I value my normality.’

The couple have a son together, and Sarah had two sons from her first marriage. She said being a mother is her most important role.

She was married to academic Gary Hargreaves for ten years until they separated in 1995. 

After the couple split, she went on to say in candid interviews that the marriage was loveless. The couple had son Thomas born in 1987 and Matthew two years later in 1988.

Speaking of her first marriage, Sarah told again told the The Mirror in 2001: ‘I got married only because I was pregnant. Simple as that. I am a very traditional girl and was horrified at the thought of having a child out of wedlock’.

Big role: The former Corrie actress not only plays Sargent Catherine Cawood in the smash hit BBC1 show, but also became producer for the third and final series 

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From an elaborate prison escape to a pharmacist murdering his neighbour with a rolling pin, viewers are eager to find out how the interconnecting sub plots will weave together in Sunday’s Happy Valley finale.  

Last week’s episode finished with Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) revealing his plans to flee to Spain with his son Ryan (Rhys Connah), with police no closer to closing the net on the escaped convict. 

Ahead of the conclusion, we take a look at seven questions fans want answers for, after the show’s director promised to take us on a ‘rollercoaster ride’ with a ‘satisfying’ ending.

1. Will Tommy escape? 

The final of Happy Valley is upon us: From an elaborate prison escape to a pharmacist murdering his neighbour, viewers are eager to find out how the sub plots will weave together

Holed up at a hideaway house after his great court escape, Tommy is hatching his plan to travel abroad to Spain with Ryan to start a new life, organised by criminal mastermind Darius Knezevic. 

And things seems to be going to plan for Tommy, who has successfully managed to make contact with his son through a games console. 

As police desperately search for the offender and with them closing in on Darius’ men who staged the fight at Leeds Court, Tommy has his work cut out – especially as he plans to ‘get even with that b***h’.

Escape: Last week’s episode finished with Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) revealing his plans to flee to Spain with his son Ryan (Rhys Connah), with police no closer to closing the net

With the Cawood family in police security and crooked businessman Darius refusing to provide a gun, Tommy will have to put himself into the outside world – jeopardising his plans to escape to Marbella. 

2. Who will end up dead?

The final of Happy Valley has been extended to 70 minutes, with show director Fergus O’Brien teasing ‘so much’ happens. 

Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) and Tommy are set for the final showdown after three long series – and fans think inevitably at least one major character will die. 

At the moment, one theory is Clare Cawood will be killed by the psychopath while protecting her sister in the ultimate act of love. 

Sad: Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) and Tommy are set for the final showdown after three long series – and fans think inevitably at least one character will die

A specific scene in Sunday’s episode prompted this prediction after viewers watched Catherine tear into Clare shortly after discovering Tommy had escaped from court. 

Catherine told her defeated sibling she was an ’empty vessel’ and just like the murdering psychopath. 

She said in a furious rage: ‘We’ve got nothing in common, you bore me, you have this idiotic, dependent personality.’

Now fans think the recovering heroin addict will feel like she has a point to prove, having betrayed Catherine over Ryan’s prison visits to his father. 

3. Whose side will Ryan pick? 

Where do his loyalties lie? Tommy managed to make contact with Ryan after he memorised his gaming username and now viewers are wondering what the teenager will do

Tommy managed to make contact with Ryan after he memorised his gaming username and now viewers are wondering what the teenager will do. 

Ryan has found out his father’s plans through probing questions – something which could prove vital information to the police, especially with another chat lined up.  

In a teaser, the teen is quizzed by officers about when the last time he spoke to Tommy was.

What will he say: Ryan has found out his father’s plans – something which could prove vital information to the police. In a teaser, the teen is quizzed by officers

The brooding 16-year-old has only just discovered his mother’s tragic fate and how he wasn’t wanted as a baby. 

With this fresh heartbreak at the forefront of his mind, viewers are left wondering where Ryan’s loyalties will lie. 

One wrote: ‘My guess for the #HappyValley ending. I’ve probably made too much of the setups but here goes: 1. Ryan doesn’t go with his dad. He’s made his mind up regarding the recent revelations about his mum. He’s been brought up by a strong grandmother & he’s able to see TLR for who he is.’

Another argued: ‘I’m going for Ryan killing his father in Sundays episode’/  

Will he tell the police everything he knows? Will he join Tommy to start a new life abroad? Or will the teenager will try to seek revenge on Tommy himself? 

4. Will Faisal get away with murder? 

Scared: Faisal is dealing with haunting flashbacks of when he murdered his neighbour Joanna Hepworth by injecting air after smashing her to the ground with a rolling pin

Faisal is dealing with haunting flashbacks of when he murdered his neighbour Joanna Hepworth by injecting air after smashing her to the ground with a rolling pin. 

While there are initial assumptions her abusive husband was the one to carry out the evil crime, police are still waiting on Joanna’s post-mortem which might provide vital evidence he is not her murderer. 

Faisal’s daughter also shot footage after the moment her father crashed into the P.E teacher and if he brings this forward to police, he may become on their radar. 

Will he get caught? Faisal’s daughter also shot footage after the moment her father crashed into the P.E teacher and if he brings this forward to police, he may become on their radar

During a conference police said there was blood all over the house, but they are further investigating Joanna’s arrest into illegally being supplied diazepam, which could lead back to pharmacist Faisal. 

With Darius’ men being tracked and regularly visiting his pharmacy – could this be his undoing?  

5. Does Neil have a link to Tommy and is he really who we think he is? 

Viewers are convinced recovering alcoholic Neil is up to no good – and some even think he could be Ryan’s father in a shocking plot twist.

One wrote: ‘Ok I’m calling it …..Neil raped Becky and TLR IS NOT Ryan’s dad’, while another added: ‘My #HappyValley theory, fwiw: TLR is not Ryan’s Dad. Never had DNA confirmation; Catherine has always denied it; Daniel S2 said his sister was a s**g & out of control; it’s possible that Becky was pimped out /passed around the addicts by TLR; so Neil might be Ryan’s father…’ 

Eagle-eyed fans believe they have spotted clues which trace back to the previous two series that shop worker might not be who he seems. 

Betrayal? Viewers are convinced recovering alcoholic Neil is up to no good. Eagle-eyed fans believe they have spotted clues which trace back to the previous two series

In episode two, we see Tommy gain access to a smuggled phone and receive the message: ‘Ricos Newsagents GR8 presents 4 Ryan’. 

Neil works in a shop and is close to Ryan, with fans wondering if the message was sent from him. 

Throwback: Viewers think another clue could be from series two when Neil tells Claire of how he was blackmailed by his mistress Vicky Fleming: ‘I used to work at a building society’

Clues: DS John Wadsworth said was working on a fraud investigation for the same building society – could it Halifax gangsters The Knezevics be behind it and are they blackmailing Neil? 

Viewers also think another clue could be from series two when Neil tells Claire of how he was blackmailed by his mistress Vicky Fleming: ‘I used to work at a building society’.  

DS John Wadsworth, who went on to accidentally kill Vicky over his own blackmail plot, also said he met Vicky when he was working on a fraud investigation for the very same building society. 

Now viewers have put two and two together and believe The Knezevics could be behind the building society, with some thinking Neil is being blackmailed by them. 

6. Why is Poppy wearing her coat? 

Significant: Happy Valley fans have been sharing their theories about why youngster Poppy refuses to take her coat off in the BBC drama

Happy Valley fans have been sharing their theories about why youngster Poppy refuses to take her coat off in the BBC drama.

When Rob returned to his mother’s house after being quizzed for hours by police over Joanna’s murder, his eldest daughter rushed up to greet him but Poppy stayed on the sofa, still wearing her coat. 

One wrote: ‘I wondered if it was because she’s always on high alert and is ready to leave the house?’. 

Fraught: When Rob returned to his mother’s house after being quizzed for hours by police over Joanna’s murder, his eldest daughter rushed up to greet him but Poppy stayed on the sofa

‘I’m worried about Poppy Hepworth and her coat. Poor little soul,’ another Tweeted.

Another insisted: ‘There’s got to be a bit of a twist coming on that one. They haven’t referenced it this many times for it to not have a bigger part to play later on.’

7. Will Alison save the day? 

Will she save the day? Happy Valley producers brought back the character Alison Garrs (Susan Lynch) for series three and fans think she will play a vital role in bringing Tommy to justice

Happy Valley producers brought back the character Alison Garrs (Susan Lynch) for series three. 

Alison has been released from prison after she tragically shot her son after discovering he was behind a spate of heinous crimes in the valley. 

The mother has been in the background in episodes so far repairing Catherine’s Land Rover and there was specific reference to her manslaughter charge during a scene with Catherine and her ex-husband Richard. 

Now some fans think Alison will play a vital role in bringing Tommy to justice, with the Land Rover also coming into play to seal Tommy’s fate – believing the farmer will run the villain over as he tries to kill Catherine. 

One wrote: ‘There is a lot to get through in the final series. TLR, Joanne’s murder, Darius Knezevic, the woman who died through the window and I am sure Alison will play a role in the climax. I can’t wait.’

Another added: ‘No character brought back is incidental. They have a purpose. Ann told Ryan the truth. Daniel explained family members’ reactions. So what does Wainwright have planned for Nevinson & Alison?’ 

Happy Valley airs on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday at 9pm.  

Don’t miss it: Happy Valley airs on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday at 9pm

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