Yorkshire policewoman Lisa Farrant, who inspired Happy Valley

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A West Yorkshire policeman who advised the cast of hit BBC drama Happy Valley for all three successful series says Sgt Sarah Lancashire is so genuine he would work with her any day of the week.

Lisa Farrand, 60, from Kirklees, West Yorkshire, was a police officer for 30 years before retiring and co-starred with Lancashire, 58, in the latest series of the BBC One hit Sally Wainwright.

Lancashire plays Sergeant Catherine Cawood, a cold-blooded officer whose personal and professional lives are uncomfortably intertwined – thanks to psychopathic Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton.

The second episode of the third series will air this evening; the play was well received by critics and audiences.

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The second episode of the third series of BAFTA-winning Happy Valley, written by Sally Wainwright, is currently airing on BBC One

A mother of two sons and now a great-grandmother, Farrand, who is married to ex-policeman Richard, 62, has always worked closely with the show’s creators and actors, teaching them everything from authentic handcuffing of criminals to authoritative doors. knocking.

She said The Sunday Times she told Lancashire to bang on the door like he was serious and said she told the star: ‘Sarah, you’re not going to sell Avon. You have to go and knock on the door so he knows you’re there. And don’t get into a dialogue on the doorstep: as soon as he opens the door, you break through and take control.”

Former WPC Lisa Farrand, 60, from Kirklees, has advised the cast on story and dialogue since the first series

Former WPC Lisa Farrand, 60, from Kirklees, has advised the cast on story and dialogue since the first series

Lisa now works as a police consultant on TV shows and says the aggression shown on screen in Happy Valley is real

Lisa pictured in 2014 with actress Sarah Lancashire at the Television Awards

Lisa now works as a police consultant on television programs and says the aggression shown on screen in Happy Valley is real. Right, pictured in 2014 with actress Sarah Lancashire at the Television Awards

Pictured on the set of the second series of Happy Valley, retired former West Yorkshire WPC Lisa Farrand advised the cast and crew behind the police drama.

Pictured on the set of the second series of Happy Valley, retired former West Yorkshire WPC Lisa Farrand advised the cast and crew behind the police drama.

Critics’ reviews of the third premiere of the series Sre─Źna dolina

CaregiverA five-star review said: ‘From her impeccable acting talent to a writer who captures the female experience like no other, the latest series of this drama is as great as ever.’

inside The TelegraphFive star rating critic Anita Singh said “TV drama doesn’t get much better than this”

The Daily mailChristopher Stevens praised James’ “extremely menacing” performance as villain Tommy Lee Royce

During her service, Farrand, who only joined the force at the age of 26, received the prestigious Queen’s Police Medal … and was once almost run over by a group of young Asian men after the 2001 Bradford riots.

She said that the levels of aggression shown on the screen were accurate and that they were nota uniform doesn’t protect you one iota, especially these days when people are taking drugs or alcohol.”

An old friend of Wainwright’s from school said in 2013 that she asked the writer ‘if she followed me when she was writing the role of Catherine!’

She added: ‘But I think that so many female police officers who have joined the service at a certain time will see elements of themselves in her character.’

The latest series was joined by a host of famous faces, including Game of Thrones star Mark Stanley and former Coronation Street actress Mollie Winnard, who play the married couple.

The pair lead a domestic violence subplot as Stanley plays controlling PE teacher Rob Hepworth, who locks the fridge and beats his diazepam-addicted wife Joanna.

In the first episode of the series, Sarah’s character discovers the remains of a gangster murder victim in a drained tank, which sets off a chain of events that leads back to her former nemesis and the father of her grandson, Ryan, played by Rhys Connah.

Among the 4.92 million viewers, one fan wrote on Twitter: 'Happy Valley is just great TV isn't it.  The writing, the acting, the acting, it's absolutely phenomenal.  TV drama at its best.'  (Pictured: James Norton as Tommy Lee Royce)

Among the 4.92 million viewers, one fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Happy Valley is just great TV isn’t it. The writing, the acting, the acting, it’s absolutely phenomenal. TV drama at its best.’ (Pictured: James Norton as Tommy Lee Royce)

'Sarah Lancashire is a GODDESS!'  Happy Valley fans have praised the 'sensational' BBC crime drama as it returned for its third and final series on New Year's Day after a seven-year hiatus

‘Sarah Lancashire is a GODDESS!’ Happy Valley fans have praised the ‘sensational’ BBC crime drama as it returned for its third and final series on New Year’s Day after a seven-year hiatus

Talented: After the first episode aired, viewers and critics alike praised 'goddess' Sarah, as well as her co-star James Norton (pictured) and writer Sally Wainwright.

Talented: After the first episode aired, viewers and critics alike praised ‘goddess’ Sarah, as well as her co-star James Norton (pictured) and writer Sally Wainwright.

Critics praised the third series. V Telegraphs giving a five-star review, critic Anita Singh said: ‘TV drama doesn’t get much better than this.’

Despite the four stars in The Independentit has been called “one of Britain’s greatest TV sagas” while it Christopher Stevens of the Daily Mail praised James’ ‘extremely menacing’ performance as the villainous Tommy Lee Royce.

Among the 4.92 million viewers, one fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Happy Valley is just great TV isn’t it. The writing, the acting, the acting, it’s absolutely phenomenal. TV drama at its best.’

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