Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes in new pictures from JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

BBC1's three-part adaptation of the Harry Potter author's novel also stars Rory Kinnear and Julia McKenzie and will air next year

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Ahead of its 2015 release, the BBC has unveiled new pictures from its adaptation of author JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and the mood among the characters seems rather troubled.

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The novel was Rowling’s first for adults and this small-screen adaptation will be shown as a three-part miniseries on both the BBC and HBO.

The English village of Pagford is the story’s home – a pleasant, sleeping village disturbed by a fraught battle for an empty seat on the council.

Keeley Hawes and Julia McKenzie are among the cast, playing daughter and mother-in-law Samantha and Shirley Mollison. Michael Gambon stars as Shirley’s husband Howard, who owns the local delicatessen, alongside Rory Kinnear, Rufus Jones and Emily Bevan.

Leader of the Parish Council, Howard, seems rather chipper in the latest sneak peek snaps:

While Samantha, whose marriage is in turmoil, has a few things on her mind: 

Sonny Serkis (left), Joe Hurst and Abigail Lawrie also star as troubled young teens.

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The Casual Vacancy will be broadcast on BBC1 in 2015