BBC ‘s three-part adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, starring Michael Gambon, Julia McKenzie, Keeley Hawes, Rufus Jones, Rory Kinnear and Emilia Fox, among many more, premieres February 15 on BBC One.Watch the trailer below.

The Casual Vacancy centres on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade however, is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it first seems.


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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

4 Responses

  1. Underdogge

    Apparently they have softened the ending of this for TV. Though as I appear to be suffering from head like leaky bucket syndrome I don’t remember whether I read that or whether the information was given out on a TV programme. Now obviously I don’t know JK Rowling, but I do have a certain admiration for her in that she seems to have attained what she has by dint of her own efforts – didn’t have connections or a Svengali figure or anything like that.

    • Olga Hughes

      Hi Underdogge, it was in several papers a week or so ago (or more, my memory also sucks). I am actually surprised they were able to change it, she was particularly fierce about how Warner Bros. handled Harry Potter.

  2. Neil Kemp

    The first episode was like watching Midsomer Murders, without the murders.
    Sadly however, we did lose one of the main characters by natural causes in episode one and this actor’s appearance in the programme would have been the main reason some people I know would have wanted to watch in the first place.