The second series of Happy Valley continues tonight — but will viewers report more sound issues as the drama unfolds?

Fans of the Sarah Lancashire show were thrilled to welcome the drama back, but took to social media to complain that the sound and dialogue sounded muffled and too quiet to hear after episodes one and two were aired.

Last week the BBC insisted the sound quality was fine and suggested hearing problems were because of the Yorkshire dialects used in the production. That was a view which did not go down well with people in Huddersfield.

Hear what Mike Shaw had to say about 'dialect' issues

Video thumbnail, Mike Shaw's verdict of the Happy Valley dialect problems
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A statement from the BBC has confirmed that the series passed the BBC's usual sound checks, including playback on a normal television — but said future episodes would be further investigated.

Here's the statement from the BBC:

"The producer, Juliet Charlesworth appeared on ‘BBC Breakfast’ on 18 February.

"She confirmed that the programme passed the BBC's normal technical audio reviews, and talked about the detailed checks and balances undertaken at the numerous stages of record and edit. A final check on the dialogue was performed on different set-ups, including on a domestic television, to ensure that it was audible and met the required broadcast standards.

"Following viewer feedback about episodes 1 and 2 of ‘Happy Valley’, the independent production company working with the BBC has decided to further investigate the sound for the rest of the series to ensure it doesn't interfere with the enjoyment of the millions watching."

The investigation continues —but with only six episodes in the series, can the issue be resolved before the finale?

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