The 3-part series adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s bestseller 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.
At the Parish Council meeting the subject of Sweetlove House and its legacy arises. Howard Mollison (Michael Gambon ), the Chairman, heads up the faction who want to see an end to the legacy; the thorn in his side is Barry Fairbrother (Rory Kinnear), who makes an impassioned speech outlining the importance of the legacy, and the services it provides. For now, Barry has won the argument.
When Barry dies suddenly, Pagford is left in shock, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the village has yet seen. Three candidates are soon lined up: Miles Mollison (Rufus Jones ), Howard’s son; Colin Wall (Simon McBurney), Barry’s friend; and Simon Price (Richard Glover), Barry’s half-brother.
The Casual Vacancy is set to air on BBC One later this month
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