Happy Valley is written by Last Tango in Halifax's Sally Wainwright, and a six-part series will air in 2014.
Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), George Costigan (Unforgiven), Joe Armstrong (Robin Hood), James Norton (Rush), Adam Long (Waterloo Road), Karl Davies (Game of Thrones), Ramon Tikaram (EastEnders) and Charlie Murphy (The Village) will also star in the drama.
The series will follow Catherine (Lancashire), a police sergeant who leads a team of officers in a rural valley in Yorkshire. A staged kidnapping soon creates a domino effect and leads to several other serious crimes.
Lancashire said: "Happy Valley is a dark, funny, multi-layered thriller revolving around the personal and professional life of Catherine, a dedicated, experienced, hard-working copper.
"She is also a bereaved mother who looks after her orphaned grandchild. It's an emotional, complex, challenging role. I'm terrified, exhausted and freezing cold but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
Sally Wainwright said: "I'm pleased that we're filming Happy Valley right in the heart of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. It's going to be hard work, but on screen it will look stunning".
Six hour-long episodes will be produced by Karen Lewis (Last Tango in Halifax) and directed by Euros Lyn (Broadchurch, Doctor Who).
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