BBC have announced the premiere date for ‘The Casual Vacancy’ television series based on J.K.Rowling’s novel of the same name. It will air on BBC ONE on February 15th at 9PM.

The BBC TV adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s global bestseller The Casual Vacancy will begin on Sunday 15th February 2015 on BBC One, and will air in three one-hour episodes over consecutive Sundays.

The cast for the BBC and HBO mini-series includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, and Abigail Lawrie.

BAFTA Award winning actor Michael Gambon (“Quirke”, “The Singing Detective”) is set to play Howard Mollison, owner of the Pagford delicatessen, with Julia McKenzie (Notes on a Scandal, Shirley Valentine) playing his wife Shirley. Howard’s son Miles is being played by Rufus Jones (Bill, “W1A”) with his wife Samantha Mollison being played by Keeley Hawes (“Line of Duty”, “Ashes to Ashes”). Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, “Penny Dreadful”), who recently won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role as Iago in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Othello at the National Theatre, is to play Barry Fairbrother, Keeley Forsyth (“Coronation Street”, “Emmerdale”) is playing Terri Weedon with newcomer Abigail Lawrie cast as her daughter Krystal Weedon.

Monica Dolan (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Sightseers), who won a BAFTA Award for her portrayal of Rose West in Julian Jarrold’s “Appropriate Adult”, will play Tess Wall with Simon McBurney (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Last King of Scotland) playing her husband Colin Wall. Richard Glover (A Field in England, Sightseers) has been cast to play Simon Price alongside Marie Critchley (“In The Flesh”, “Emmerdale”) playing his wife Ruth Price. Michelle Austin (Secrets & Lies, Another Year) will play Kay Bawden.

A paperback edition designed to tie in with the miniseries of The Casual Vacancy is available now.

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