Discovering Nicola Shindler: the UK's most secretive TV exec

Nicola Shindler is not a great one for giving interviews, possibly because, as the founder and Chief Executive of one of Britain’s most successful drama producers, she sees her job as telling other people’s stories, not her own. As I say to her, her Who’s Who entry is the least personal I have ever read, absent of parents, partners and children. “Good,” she says, “I don’t want people to know anything about me.”

BBC commissions a second series of Happy Valley

Crime drama Happy Valley will be returning to screens later this year after being commissioned for a second series.

The Yorkshire-based six-part drama starring Sarah Lancashire focuses on a police sergeant searching for a kidnapped girl.

Happy Valley attracted an average of 7.2 million viewers during its first season, with its final episode in series one attracting 7.8 million.

Lancashire won the Female Actor award at the RTS Programme Awards in March this year.