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Fox Turkey orders local version of BBC detective drama Happy Valley

Son Nefesime Kadar (Happy Valley)

Free-to-air network Fox Turkey has commissioned a local version of the BBC’s drama Happy Valley from creator Sally Wainwright.

Adapted by Hatice Meryem, whose previous work includes Turkish adaptations of Shameless and Desperate Housewives, the detective series will be produced by Pastel Film.

Yaşar İrvül and Efe İrvül serve as producers, while Deniz Çelebi Dikilitaş will direct the adaptation, which will be known locally as Son Nefesime Kadar.

Nurgül Yeşilçay stars as the character Catherine Cawood, the role played by Sarah Lancashire in the UK version, a police sergeant whose world is turned upside down when the man she thinks is responsible for her daughter’s death is released from prison.

Happy Valley first aired on BBC One in 2014 and was commissioned for a third and final season in October. The first two seasons were produced by Red Production Company, while the third season is produced by Lookout Point for the BBC, and co-produced with AMC.

André Renaud, senior VP of global format sales at BBC Studios, which distributes Happy Valley, said: “We have seen a brilliant response from Turkish audiences to the formidable female characters that lead our scripted formats already in market – Doctor Foster, The Split and Mistresses. The depth and dimension that the character of Catherine Cawood has runs very deep and I’m confident that Nurgül Yeşilçay will be able to bring justice to the role.”


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