The HBO Miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s bestseller The Casual Vacancy is getting a two-night U.S. premiere in the spring. The premium channel has set the three-hour mini for 8 PM April 29 and 30.
Rowling wrote The Casual Vacancy as her follow-up to the Harry Potter series. It is set in Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with 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. Michael Gambon stars alongside Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie and newcomer Abigail Lawrie.
Jonny Campbell directs the mini from a script by Sarah Phelps. It is produced by Bronte Film and Television, the independent production company run by Rowling and Neil Blair, who is executive producing with Paul Trijbits and Rick Senat. Ruth Kenley-Letts is producing.