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The Casual Vacancy

the-series-philosopher-casual-vacancyThe Casual Vacancy is a 2015 British miniseries based on the novel of the same title by J. K. Rowling. Directed by Jonny Campbell (In the Flesh, Eric and Ernie) from a screenplay by Sarah Phelps (Eastenders), the series premiered on 15 February 2015 in the United Kingdom and will premiere on 29 April 2015 in the United States.

The miniseries is a joint production of the BBC and HBO.

The plot centres on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind its pretty façade, however, is a town at war: rich at war with the poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, and teachers at war with their students.

The series stars:


  • Rory Kinnear (Black Mirror, Count Arthur Strong) as Barry Fairbrother
  • Emily Bevan (In the Flesh) as Mary Fairbrother
  • Michael Gambon (Maigret, The Borderers) as Howard Mollison
  • Julia McKenzie as Shirley Mollison
  • Rufus Jones (Fresh Meat, Extras) as Miles Mollison
  • Keeley Hawes (Spooks, Ashes to Ashes) as Samantha Mollison
  • Hetty Baynes (The Hour) as Maureen Lowe
  • Abigail Lawrie as Krystal Weedon
  • Keeley Forsyth (Peak Practice, Heartbeat) as Terri Weedon
  • Simon McBurney as Colin “Cubby” Wall
  • Monica Dolan (W1A, Twenty Twelve) as Tess Wall


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