Another one of J. K. Rowling’s books will be adapted on the small screen.
Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy” will be adapted for the small screen by a joint project of HBO and BBC. The miniseries will be getting a two-night premiere in the US this spring. It will premiere on April 29–30, 2015 on BBC and will run for three hours.
Rowling’s book was written a couple of years after her immensely popular work, the “Harry Potter” series. The story follows the town of Pagford, an outwardly tranquil English village with cobble steps for their market square and an ancient abbey. Behind all these seemingly perfect picture of an English village lies a town at war with itself and its people. The struggle encompasses all — from rich vs. poor, the kids against their parents, husbands going against their wives and the teachers vs. the students. Actor Michael Gambon will star in the miniseries, alongside Rory Kinnear, Keeley Hawes, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie and up and coming actress Abigail Lawrie.
The miniseries will be directed by Johnny Campbell, with a script written by Sarah Phelps. The TV show is produced by Bronte Film and Television, an independent production company with Rowling in charge alongside with Neil Blair, who is acting as the executive producer alongside Paul Trijbits and Rick Senat while Ruth Kenley-Letts will be the producer.
And while we wait for this show to air in April, here’s a trailer for you to enjoy. You be the judge if you’ll watch it on the small screen.
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