BBC One confirms ‘The Casual Vacancy’ start date

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BBC One’s adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy will launch later this month.

Based on the Harry Potter author’s global bestseller, the three-part mini-series begins at 9pm on Sunday 15 February on BBC One.

The Casual Vacancy is adapted for TV by Sarah Phelps (The Crimson Field) and stars Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple), Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes), Rufus Jones and Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful).

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J.K. Rowling commented: “Sarah Phelps is a writer at the top of her game.  Having met Sarah, and discussed the television adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, I was happy and confident to hand over the job of crafting my novel for the small screen. Sarah has done a great job and I am delighted with how it has turned out.”

Phelps added: “For me, Krystal Weedon (Abigail Lawrie) is Tess of the d’Urbervilles. What J.K. Rowling is doing is telling one of those big 19th century stories where we see someone battling their social, political and economic environment. Krystal is an absolute, contemporary Tess.”

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