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The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (2015)

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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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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.

Cast

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
Marie Critchley
as Ruth Price
Monica Dolan
as Tess Wall
Rory Kinnear
as Barry Fairbrother
Rufus Jones
as Miles Mollison
Simon McBurney
as Colin Wall
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All Critics (31) | 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.

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

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

April 30, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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No, there's not much of an afterglow. But there is an after-effect born of small moments that resonate.

April 28, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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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.

April 28, 2015 | Full Review…

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…
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