Episode Info

The lives of people living in a seemingly idyllic English village are exposed. In the opener, disagreements break out over what to do with a local community center that served poorer residents. The sudden death of a council member leaves a "casual vacancy" that several race to fill to determine the fate of the center.


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 Episode 1

Every character is a box-ticking exercise and is either irredeemably ghastly or blessedly good (no ambiguity; not even a sniff) while exemplifying a particular moral position.

Aug 31, 2017 | Full Review…