The citizens of the small British town of Pagford fight for the spot on the parish council after Barry Fairbrother dies.
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 Howard Mollison (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Barry Fairbrother (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Krystal Weedon (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Mary Fairbrother (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Miles Mollison (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Shirley Mollison (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Tess Wall (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Parminder Jawanda (4 episodes, 2015)
Ria Choony ...
 Sukhvinder Jawanda (4 episodes, 2015)
Keeley Forsyth ...
 Terri Weedon (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Samantha Mollison (4 episodes, 2015)
Bryce Sanders ...
 Robbie Weedon (4 episodes, 2015)
Brian Vernel ...
 Stuart 'Fats' Wall (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Colin Wall (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Kay Bawden / ... (4 episodes, 2015)
Menna Trussler ...
 Betty (4 episodes, 2015)
Hetty Baynes ...
 Mo Johnson (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Ruth Price (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Gaia Bawden (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Vikram Jawanda (4 episodes, 2015)
Joe Hurst ...
 Andrew 'Arf' Price (4 episodes, 2015)
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 Simon Price (4 episodes, 2015)
Sonny Ashbourne Serkis ...
 Paul Price (4 episodes, 2015)
Hayley Downing ...
 Lexi Mollison (3 episodes, 2015)
Lauren Downing ...
 Libby Mollison (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Obbo (3 episodes, 2015)
Vass Anderson ...
 Bill (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Aubrey Sweetlove (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Julia Sweetlove (3 episodes, 2015)
Pascal Laurent ...
 Death (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Monica the Librarian / ... (3 episodes, 2015)
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 Young Doctor (3 episodes, 2015)
Alex Lowe ...
 Copper (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Vicar (2 episodes, 2015)
Jacob Krichefski ...
 Mr. Meacher (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Hannah Morbury (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Maggie (2 episodes, 2015)
Phil Dando ...
 Band Leader (2 episodes, 2015)
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 Joanna (2 episodes, 2015)
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When Parish Councilman Barry Fairbrother unexpectedly dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. An English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, Pagford is not what it first seems. What lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war - rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest battle the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Written by dvd

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J.K. Rowling is the executive producer for the series as well as being the author of the novel. See more »

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If you've read the book, you'll hate what they did to it.
28 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This series made me want to weep - at the senseless waste of acting talent and script material. For this is not a TV dramatization of "The Casual Vacancy" by J. K. Rowling. It's a TV dramatization of the Reader's Digest Condensed Version of The Casual Vacancy. What's more, it appears that slashing it down from a full series to a 3 part synopsis was done after filming already started, probably by the director tearing pages out on the set, rather than by intelligent script writers. How else to explain the presence of all the characters from the book, yet no role - not even dialog - for some of them? How else to explain all the setups in Episode 1 that are just left hanging with no follow-up? What does remain is excellent, completely capturing Rowling's characterizations and the petty snobbery of English village life, but the ruthless editing leaves too much out and too many loose ends. There's no exploration of the interaction between children and parents that is core to the book. There's no hint of who is behind the "ghost", a major plot device. Sukhvinder, who has a life-changing experience in the original, is literally seen but not heard. There's no resolution for the dysfunctional Price family. I don't know why the scriptwriters even bothered telling us Gaia's name, since she's reduced to a walk-on extra.

What's left, basically, is an excellent performance from Michael Gambon and Julia McKenzie as the Mollisons. It's worth watching just for that. But that's the tragedy of this series - these are the canonical Morrisons, nobody will ever do it better. And that means the series will never be remade, and the full story will never be told.


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