The Casual Vacancy Opens Up

© Steffan Hill / BBC / Bronte Film and Television Ltd

© Steffan Hill / BBC / Bronte Film and Television Ltd

BBC One’s star studded adaptation of The Casual Vacancy airs later this month, and as transmission approaches, more information is starting to be made public.

An adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel of the same name, 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.

When a local councillor dies suddenly, Pagford is left in shock, and the empty seat becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the village has yet seen. Three candidates are soon lined up: Miles Mollison, Colin Wall and Simon Price – played by Rufus Jones, Simon McBurney and Richard Glover respectively.

Also along for the ride are a top notch cast including: Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple), Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes), Rory Kinnear (Count Arthur Strong), Monica Dolan (Sightseers), Silas Carson (The IT Crowd) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness).

© Steffan Hill / BBC / Bronte Film and Television Ltd

© Steffan Hill / BBC / Bronte Film and Television Ltd

Episode One of the three part saga will air on Sunday 15th February at 9pm on BBC One HD. As it’s a co-production with HBO, you can expect a US air-date very soon. In the meantime, you can console yourself with a gallery of images – including Jones & Glover – below, alongside a trailer and a preview of Episode One.

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