Happy Valleys Tommy Lee Royce burns to death in finale after Catherine showdown

Monster Tommy Lee Royce was killed off in an action-packed final episode of Happy Valley last night.

The murderer, played by James Norton, downed booze and pills after his plans to flee Britain fell apart.

And then during a tense showdown with cop Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire, he doused himself in petrol before setting himself alight.

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Evil Tommy was rushed to hospital, but didn’t survive.

As the finale reached its climax, Catherine received a text while at her daughter Becky’s grave that read: "TLR dead, hospital just rang."

Tommy’s death marked the end of years of bad blood between the pair.

Catherine retired from her job on a high in a relief for fans who feared she would die in the episode.

As well as snaring nemesis Tommy, she also helped cops catch corrupt politician Darius Knezevic (Alec Secareanu).

And she got hold of evidence that pharmacist Faisal Bhatti (Amit Shah) was behind the murder of Joanna Hepworth (Mollie Winnard).

The finale is expected to be one of the most-watched shows of 2023 and critics have dubbed it “the TV event of the year”.

It marked the end of Happy Valley after three series.

Creator Sally Wainwright has insisted there is no chance of her penning more episodes.

She said: “The intention developed through conversations I had with Sarah to make it a three-parter, to make a trilogy. We always said this would be the final season and it is very definitely is the final season.”

Since first airing in 2014, the show has aired in more than 20 countries and won 26 major awards.

The penultimate episode showed Tommy reveal that he had one last "piece of business" as he planned to get even with Catherine.

Tommy was warned to "let it go" by Darius, but it doesn't seem that is enough for him, with Tommy revealing he wants to "find her, follow her, bide my time and look for an opportunity".

The final episode is expected to reveal the outcome of the battle between the pair – but will there be any survivors?

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