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Sophie Rundle talks Happy Valley: "It's a dark subject matter"

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BBC One's new drama Happy Valley is "dark", "thrilling" and "witty", star Sophie Rundle has said.

Sarah Lancashire stars in the thriller as Catherine Cawood, a West Yorkshire police officer caught up in a kidnap plot.

Sophie Rundle in Happy Valley

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Rundle - who plays fellow copper Kirsten - promised that the script, penned by Last Tango in Halifax and Scott & Bailey writer Sally Wainwright, is "dramatic" but "surprisingly funny".

"It's a dark subject matter that we're dealing with and it's thrilling and dramatic, but it's witty as well," she told Digital Spy. "It does everything - it's thrilling and mysterious, but also when it needs to be, it's light-hearted and charming.

"Sally is just absolutely brilliant - I think what's great about this is, it's really honest writing. She knows the characters that she's writing for - there's nothing vague about her writing. It's based in truth, it's really natural."

Sophie Rundle in Happy Valley

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Rundle also hinted at a dramatic development for her character later in the six-part series.

"No spoilers, but something quite shocking happens to her and I think it really serves to… remind Catherine of the severity of what she's dealing with," the actress hinted.

"I think because Kirsten is so young and eager and enthusiastic about her job, it's a real shock when what happens happens - and it's quite exciting as well."

Sophie Rundle stars in Happy Valley - beginning tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Watch a trailer for Happy Valley below:

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