Happy Valley alternate endings finally addressed as James Norton speaks out

Happy Valley star James Norton has finally addressed reports that the final ever episode of the hit BBC police drama had alternative endings.

During the nail-biting last instalment on Sunday night, it saw James', 37, character Tommy Lee Royce in a showdown with enemy Catherine Cawood but not as fans would have imagined.

Instead of an angry confrontation, he instead thanked Catherine for raising his son Ryan, who is her grandson, and giving him a good life as well as apologising for the way he treated her late daughter Becky.

But Catherine refused to see through his remorse, confronting Tommy for destroying her late daughter and "reducing her to nothing".

And in a chilling conclusion, Tommy, who insisted he wasn't going back to prison, decided to set himself on fire as he was quickly rescued by Catherine who managed to stop the flames.

Later, in one final bombshell, Catherine received a text from Mike Taylor, reading: "TLR dead, hospital just rang…" as Catherine looked somewhat at peace with the news and at getting justice for her daughter.

Talking about the scenes on The News Agents podcast to hosts Emily Maitlis and Lewis Goodall, James revealed that only he, Catherine star Sarah Lancashire and producers knew the top secret ending.

He said: "Everyone knew that this day was very special. No one knew what was going to happen because they only gave the scripts to Sarah and myself and the people, the producers who needed to know, so everyone was really excited to see what happened.

"And the crew, the cast, everyone was walking around in whispers. The energy was palpable. It was crackling.

"And Sarah and I, I think we knew the pressure on us, but often you thrive in that kind of environment. I mean, I could say so many platitudes about her. She's genuinely very, very special and brilliant."

However, when Emily discussed reports about different endings being filmed, James was quick to say it was "nonsense", adding: "No, that's complete nonsense. I can put that to bed now!"

He added: "I think what happened is Amit Shah, who played Faisal said that… I think they shot his final scene in lots of different ways, different sort of interpretations, which was then misconstrued and then was a rumour that we'd shot hundreds of different endings, which would have been a hugely wasteful and impractical way of shooting."

James continued: "You're already desperately trying to play against the clock. And so, the idea of having days to shoot alternative endings is nonsense."


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