The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (2015)


Critic Consensus: HBO's adaptation of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy is mostly dull, heavy-handed, and predictable, although it possesses a few touching moments.


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Air date: Apr 29, 2015
Air date: Apr 29, 2015
Air date: Apr 30, 2015

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Miniseries that follows the lives of people living in a seemingly idyllic English village, whose secrets are exposed when disagreements break out over what to do with a local community centre that served poorer residents. In this adaptation of a JK Rowling novel.


Michael Gambon
as Howard Mollison
Richard Glover
as Simon Price
Abigail Lawrie
as Krystal Weedon
Julia McKenzie
as Shirley Mollison
Keeley Forsyth
as Terri Weedon
Keeley Hawes
as Samantha Mollison
Monica Dolan
as Tess Wall
Rory Kinnear
as Barry Fairbrother
Rufus Jones
as Miles Mollison
Simon McBurney
as Colin Wall
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Critic Reviews for The Casual Vacancy Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (17)

A Midsomer-perfect rural village teems with vivid characters, some of whom verge on caricature, covering the whole range of class, respectability and crookedness.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are just enough moments of grace to keep A Casual Vacancy afloat.

Apr 30, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

By the end, when payoff time arrives, you feel as depleted -- or vacant -- as they do.

Apr 30, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

No, there's not much of an afterglow. But there is an after-effect born of small moments that resonate.

Apr 28, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Much of the subject matter - social climbing, sexual dysfunction, overweening ambition - is usually the stuff of comedy. But Rowling's sympathy with the characters means that we rarely laugh at them and usually suffer with them.

Apr 28, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I appreciated the miniseries' willingness to reach beyond moral satire. There are glimmers of big cosmic tragedy in this Vacancy.

May 8, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Michael Gambon and Julia McKenzie are a delicious treat as nakedly scheming social clamberers...

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A good cast wasted on complete tosh.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

After viewing the first episode, it seems that The Casual Vacancy is less a work of great fiction and more of an exercise where an author indulges herself by getting something important off her chest.

May 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Read the book. Watch the series. Do one or both. Just don't miss out on JK Rowling's grim depiction of life outside and after Hogwarts.

May 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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