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Happy Valley granted second series

TV bosses have commissioned a second series of the critically acclaimed drama Happy Valley.

The show, which starred Sarah Lancashire as a Yorkshire police officer juggling work with the demands of her troubled family, regularly pulled in audiences of around eight million.

BBC One boss Charlotte Moore said: "Sally Wainwright's sensational series gripped the nation. Visceral, emotional and provocative from beginning to end, it was 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 and I can't wait for the second series to begin."

Details have also been released of the cast of the new adaptation of LP Hartley's The Go-Between, with Joanna Vanderham from T he Paradise joining Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Manville and Jack Hollington as the young title character.

BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson said: "As part of our season of 20th century classics, The Go-Between is a compelling story of class, sex and innocence which this terrific cast and crew will capture in all its subtlety and power."

Other films in the series include adaptations of DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover and JB Priestley's classic play An Inspector Calls.

The BBC has also announced a series based on the lives and loves of the Bloomsbury Group - a collection of intellectuals including novelist Virginia Woolf and economist John Maynard Keynes who had an enduring influence on British life.

The cast for Life in Squares includes Lydia Leonard as Woolf and Phoebe Fox as her sister, Vanessa, Rupert Penry-Jones and Jack Davenport

Executive producer Lucy Bedford said the show "gets under the skin of the Bloomsbury Group" and their " perpetual struggle to reconcile their heads with their hearts".

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