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The Casual Vacancy 

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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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Silas Carson ...  Vikram Jawanda 3 episodes, 2015
Joe Hurst ...  Andrew 'Arf' Price 3 episodes, 2015
Michael Gambon ...  Howard Mollison 3 episodes, 2015
Rory Kinnear ...  Barry Fairbrother 3 episodes, 2015
Abigail Lawrie ...  Krystal Weedon 3 episodes, 2015
Emily Bevan ...  Mary Fairbrother 3 episodes, 2015
Rufus Jones ...  Miles Mollison 3 episodes, 2015
Richard Glover ...  Simon Price 3 episodes, 2015
Monica Dolan ...  Tess Wall 3 episodes, 2015
Julia McKenzie ...  Shirley Mollison 3 episodes, 2015
Lolita Chakrabarti ...  Parminder Jawanda 3 episodes, 2015
Bryce Sanders Bryce Sanders ...  Robbie Weedon 3 episodes, 2015
Ria Choony Ria Choony ...  Sukhvinder Jawanda 3 episodes, 2015
Keeley Hawes ...  Samantha Mollison 3 episodes, 2015
Sonny Ashbourne Serkis Sonny Ashbourne Serkis ...  Paul Price 3 episodes, 2015
Brian Vernel ...  Stuart 'Fats' Wall 3 episodes, 2015
Simon McBurney ...  Colin Wall 3 episodes, 2015
Keeley Forsyth Keeley Forsyth ...  Terri Weedon 3 episodes, 2015
Hetty Baynes Hetty Baynes ...  Mo Johnson 3 episodes, 2015
Michele Austin ...  Kaye Bawden 3 episodes, 2015
Menna Trussler ...  Betty 3 episodes, 2015
Marie Critchley ...  Ruth Price 3 episodes, 2015
Simona Brown ...  Gaia Bawden 3 episodes, 2015
Mary Roscoe ...  Monica the Librarian / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Sope Dirisu ...  Young Doctor 3 episodes, 2015
Hayley Downing Hayley Downing ...  Lexi Mollison 2 episodes, 2015
Lauren Downing Lauren Downing ...  Libby Mollison 2 episodes, 2015
Vass Anderson Vass Anderson ...  Bill 2 episodes, 2015
Emilia Fox ...  Julia Sweetlove 2 episodes, 2015
Julian Wadham ...  Aubrey Sweetlove 2 episodes, 2015
Sam Redford Sam Redford ...  Obbo 2 episodes, 2015
Pascal Laurent Pascal Laurent ...  Death 2 episodes, 2015
Alex Lowe Alex Lowe ...  Copper 2 episodes, 2015
Derek Hutchinson ...  Vicar 2 episodes, 2015
Jacob Krichefski ...  Mr. Meacher 2 episodes, 2015
Elizabeth Rider ...  Maggie 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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Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.

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29 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Richard Harris, who played Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), died before filming started on the third movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). In that sense, Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in the remaining Harry Potter movies (and Howard Mollison in this one), filled a "casual vacancy." See more »

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Disappointing
5 March 2015 | by labailey-521-460781See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the book but feel that this adaptation was an utter let down. The book needed very little work to adapt to the screen but instead new relationships were invented and old ones ignored throughout. The original characters were lost, the cast contained good actors but several were miscast, the hallucinations (with Death) were ridiculous. I was really looking forward to this show but I think whoever was in charge utterly missed the point - other than trying to portray real characters, and even in this attempt I believe the changes they made to how characters behaved meant that in the big picture relationships didn't work properly and characters were shallow. They should have stayed true to the book instead of altering nearly every aspect.


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