The Radio Times logo

The Casual Vacancy

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Drama based on the novel by JK Rowling, set in a seemingly idyllic village where the locals go to war over an empty seat on the parish council. Michael Gambon stars.

Advertisement

Episode 3: The Casual Vacancy

Summary

Tensions rise in Pagford as the parish council election approaches and each side steps up its campaign, with the fate of Sweetlove House hanging in the balance. Meanwhile, Miles pines for a quiet life and promises Samantha that once the vote is over everything will calm down, but she doesn't believe him, and Howard's dark secret is revealed in the Ghost's final post. Krystal returns home to find Terri back to her old ways, Hope seems more fragile than ever and news of a tragedy leaves the whole community reeling.

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

JK Rowling’s barbed view of middle class complacency finishes in a way that won’t send you to bed laughing, despite writer/adapter Sarah Phelps’s alteration of Rowling’s original ending. Don’t look for optimism, there isn’t any, as Pagford goes to the polls to fill the parish council casual vacancy left by the demised Barry Fairbrother.

It’s an unhappy hour as Pagford turns in upon itself with disastrous consequences, though because everyone is so self-centred and horrible (apart from sweet little Robbie with the hard sister and drug-abusing mother), it’s hard to care as misfortunes rain down on those sunny green pastures.

So prepare to have one last Sunday evening ruined as resentments fizz and guilt bubbles in honeyed rural England.

How to watch

Next showing

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

Streaming

Details

Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

rolename
Howard MollisonMichael Gambon
Shirley MollisonJulia McKenzie
Samantha MollisonKeeley Hawes
Miles MollisonRufus Jones
Barry FairbrotherRory Kinnear
Mary FairbrotherEmily Bevan
Colin WallSimon McBurney
Tess WallMonica Dolan
Parminder JawandaLolita Chakrabarti
Vikram JawandaSilas Carson
Simon PriceRichard Glover
Ruth PriceMarie Critchley
Krystal WeedonAbigail Lawrie
Terri WeedonKeeley Forsyth
Kaye BawdenMichele Austin
ObboSam Redford
MoHettie Baynes Russell
Julia SweetloveEmilia Fox
Aubrey SweetloveJulian Wadham
Arf PriceJoe Hurst
Sukhvinder JawandaRia Choony
Fats WallBrian Vernel
Gaia BawdenSimona Brown

All episodes

  • Episode 3

    The Casual Vacancy

    Summary

    Tensions rise in Pagford as the parish council election approaches and each side steps up its campaign, with the fate of Sweetlove House hanging in the balance. Meanwhile, Miles pines for a quiet life and promises Samantha that once the vote is over everything will calm down, but she doesn't believe him, and Howard's dark secret is revealed in the Ghost's final post. Krystal returns home to find Terri back to her old ways, Hope seems more fragile than ever and news of a tragedy leaves the whole community reeling.

    Review

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.

    JK Rowling’s barbed view of middle class complacency finishes in a way that won’t send you to bed laughing, despite writer/adapter Sarah Phelps’s alteration of Rowling’s original ending. Don’t look for optimism, there isn’t any, as Pagford goes to the polls to fill the parish council casual vacancy left by the demised Barry Fairbrother.

    It’s an unhappy hour as Pagford turns in upon itself with disastrous consequences, though because everyone is so self-centred and horrible (apart from sweet little Robbie with the hard sister and drug-abusing mother), it’s hard to care as misfortunes rain down on those sunny green pastures.

    So prepare to have one last Sunday evening ruined as resentments fizz and guilt bubbles in honeyed rural England.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Howard MollisonMichael Gambon
    Shirley MollisonJulia McKenzie
    Samantha MollisonKeeley Hawes
    Miles MollisonRufus Jones
    Barry FairbrotherRory Kinnear
    Mary FairbrotherEmily Bevan
    Colin WallSimon McBurney
    Tess WallMonica Dolan
    Parminder JawandaLolita Chakrabarti
    Vikram JawandaSilas Carson
    Simon PriceRichard Glover
    Ruth PriceMarie Critchley
    Krystal WeedonAbigail Lawrie
    Terri WeedonKeeley Forsyth
    Kaye BawdenMichele Austin
    ObboSam Redford
    MoHettie Baynes Russell
    Julia SweetloveEmilia Fox
    Aubrey SweetloveJulian Wadham
    Arf PriceJoe Hurst
    Sukhvinder JawandaRia Choony
    Fats WallBrian Vernel
    Gaia BawdenSimona Brown

News & features about The Casual Vacancy

Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content