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HBO Sets April Date for HBO Miniseries:THE CASUAL VACANCY

By Jef Dinsmore on Feb 5, 2015 to HBO Films

In a rather simplistic press release HBO has divulged the premiere date for the HBO/BBC adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY. Here it is in its entirety, with emphasis placed by us.  RowlingBook_CVacancy

HBO has confirmed the debut dates for the HBO Miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s global bestseller THE CASUAL VACANCY, with parts one and two scheduled to debut back-to-back WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the debut of part three the next night, THURSDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT).

THE CASUAL VACANCY centers 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 vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands, teachers vs. pupils.

The cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan  and Julia McKenzie, and introduces Abigail Lawrie. HBO Miniseries presents in association with BBC a Bronte Film and Television Production; executive produced by Neil Blair, Paul Trijbits and Rick Senat; directed by Jonny Campbell; written by Sarah Phelps; produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts.

 It is no surprise to us that this adaptation of the best-selling book was on the way. We first announced the project back on 04.25.14. Then casting ideas poured in June which led to a dream cast speculation. Finally in July of ‘14 we had evidence that THE CASUAL VACANCY was in production. Now not only do we have a firm broadcast date on HBO, but we have confirmation that it is airing in the U. K. now!

Don’t forget that this is a joint HBO/BBC production. It is a similar production to PARADE’S END, if you recall that project. BBC had aired it several months before it ever came to the U. S via HBO. THE CASUAL VACANCY has a markedly shorter turn around. Part One debuts on BBC1 on 02.15.15. It is due to that broadcast that HBOWatch is able to snag the following trailer.     

It seems quite effective in illustrating that not is all well in the town of Pagford. Here is a reminder of the description:

When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade 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. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Again we have to wait until April. We hope that you watch this HBO Miniseries and look for our review.


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