The Casual Vacancy miniseries DVD + BluRay out August 4 in U.S.


The DVD and BluRay editions of the television adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy will be released in stores August 4.

Special features will include an introduction to the series, a segment on adapting the book to television, and also an in-depth look at casting the miniseries.

The DVD and BluRay edition of The Casual Vacancy are available to pre-order from Barnes and Noble today for 20% off the retail price.


Watch the US trailer for ‘The Casual Vacancy’ miniseries – premieres April 29 on HBO

On Friday HBO confirmed the debut dates for The Casual Vacancy miniseries, based on J.K. Rowling’s novel.

As it premiered on BBC in the U.K. in February, the series will be split into three hour-long episodes. However, the three episodes will premiere over two consecutive nights. Parts one and two are scheduled to air Wednesday, April 29 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST; part three will debut the next night, Thursday,  April 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Along with the announcement, HBO released the first trailer for the U.S. version, included below. THe trailer shows scenes previously not advertised by the U.K. previews.

Warning: Some profanity

In addition to news surrounding the U.S. airing, Amazon U.K. currently lists the DVD edition of the miniseries on their website, priced at £10.50. The DVD is officially released on June 15.

U.S. fans: Will you be tuning in to watch Pagford’s drama turn out? U.K. readers: Is the show worth it to purchase the DVD? Tell us in the comments below.

‘Casual Vacancy’ TV finale airs in U.K. to mixed reviews

Still from Episode 3 of 'The Casual Vacancy'

Still from Episode 3 of ‘The Casual Vacancy’

The finale for the three-part adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy aired Sunday night on BBC One in the U.K.

According to the Guardian, the final episode drew in 4.6 million viewers, down from 4.8m with the previous episode and the series peak of 6.6m viewers for the premiere.

In terms of response, the episode (and series as a whole) received mixed reviews from critics, most of whom praised the actors but criticized the series’ story and plot development. A lot of fans of the book were disappointed with the show’s ending, which departed from the novel’s ending. However, fans were warned of this difference, as screenwriter Sarah Phelps expressed her aversion of the book’s “grim” ending before the show even premiered.

Spoiler Alert – Excerpts from the Independent‘s review of the episode:

While the cast were superb and the cinematography luscious, the show floundered without ever really working out what it was and you couldn’t help but feel that Rowling’s novel had been rather shoehorned into the three hours.

Sadly it was just all too predictable. Krystal’s junkie mother cleaned up her act before going back to the drugs, Howard had an affair then a heart attack, and almost every character was lumbered with a minor personal revelation in the last 15 minutes.

Finally, after the show, The Casual Vacancy author J.K. Rowling tweeted this message to the series screenwriter and director:

The Casual Vacancy will premiere in the U.S. on HBO on April 29.

‘Casual Vacancy’ premiere receives 6.6 million viewers, praised by critics

Michael Gambon as Howard Mollison in the television adaption of J.K. Rowling's novel, The Causal Vacancy.

Michael Gambon as Howard Mollison in the television adaption of J.K. Rowling’s novel, The Causal Vacancy. Courtesy of BBC.

The television adaption of The Casual Vacancy premiered yesterday on BBC One to an average of 6.6 million viewers, the highest-rated program in the time slot.

Peaking at a total viewership of 7.3 million, The Casual Vacancy came out on top for its time slot with higher ratings than ITV’s Mr. Selfridge (3.2 million viewers) and Channel 4’s Indian Summers (2.5 million), a colonial drama starring Julie Walters, who starred in the Harry Potter films as Molly Weasley.

In addition to the high ratings, the program received primarily favorable reviews from critics, who praised it as a fine adaption of a not-so-stellar book. The Telegraph writes in their review, “…The performances are uniformly good, the direction is inventive, and there’s an undeniable topicality and panache to this adaptation that convinces you that just around the corner something will pull it all together and make it succeed.

The Causal Vacancy returns next Sunday, February 22 at 9pm.

Did you tune into The Casual Vacancy? What did you think? Comment below!

Trailer released for ‘The Casual Vacancy’ television miniseries

This week, BBC One released the trailer for the upcoming television adaption of J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy, which premieres on the channel February 15 at 9 p.m.

Below, in the trailer, we catch a glimpse of what’s coming to the seemingly idyll town of Pagford.

BBC also released the first preview for the show, which is focused on the news of Barry Fairbrother’s death spreading throughout the town.  Harry Potter film actor Michael Gambon is featured in the clip as Howard Mollison, owner of the town deli and father of Miles, whom Howard is persuading to run for the vacant Parish council seat left by Barry Fairbrother.

The Casual Vacancy premieres a week from this Sunday, on February 15 at 9:00 p.m. GMT.

‘The Casual Vacancy’ miniseries air date announced for BBC One

Finally, two years after the initial annoucement, we have an air date for the television adaption for J.K. Rowling’s novel, The Casual Vacancy.

On Twitter, a BBC publicist confirmed the air date for the BBC One series — Sunday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m. — after a BAFTA screening of the show last night. Not much is known about the event, but cast members were in attendance to talk about the show. Others who were in attendance tweeted positive thoughts.

Cast members of The Casual Vacancy miniseries at the event last night. - via @ianwylie on Twitter

Cast members of The Casual Vacancy miniseries at the event last night. – via @ianwylie on Twitter.

Last year, we learned that the show will air in three, one-hour episodes on BBC One in Britain and HBO in America. There is no concrete US air date at the moment, but the Guardian reports the show will air in the spring.

Read the Guardian‘s early review of The Casual Vacancy miniseries, with quotes from the screenwriter

In promotion for the upcoming series, Little, Brown released a television tie-in edition of The Casual Vacancy. Significantly, this is the first J.K. Rowling book ever to be released as a tie-in with media. The cover can be seen here.

Are you excited for The Casual Vacancy miniseries? Will you be tuning in? Tell us in the comments below…

Robert Galbraith novels to be adapted for BBC television

J.K. Rowling, 2014The BBC has announced plans to adapt J.K. Rowling’s crime novels centering around London detective Cormoran Strike, published under the name Robert Galbraith, for television.

Update: J.K. Rowling confirmed the news on Twitter.

The two Galbraith novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013) and The Silkworm (2014) will serve as the basis of a BBC One series that will be produced by Bronte Film and TV, J.K. Rowling’s production company that previously worked on the BBC adaption of Rowling’s novel, The Casual Vacancy. Bronte Film and TV chairman and J.K. Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing these best-selling novels to the screen and to be working once again alongside the BBC.”

J.K. Rowling published the first novel under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith in April 2013, with the identity of the book’s author being kept secret until Rowling was outed in July of that year. At the time her name was revealed, Rowling said she had already received two offers from television production companies to adapt The Cuckoo’s Calling.

So far, not much is known about the project; the number and length of episodes are still being decided and no cast or screenwriter was announced. However, the BBC said that Rowling will “collaborate on the project.” Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, added, “It’s a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing JK Rowling’s latest books to the screen. With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.”

Though no air date was indicated for the new series, The Casual Vacancy adaption is set to air in February. Recently, the BBC released promotional pictures for the series, which can be viewed here.

Find out more about the J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series here.

Source: Irish Times

Cast announced for teenage characters of ‘Casual Vacancy’ miniseries

The teenage characters of the The Casual Vacancy miniseries have been cast, the ScreenTerrier reports.

Newcomers including Abigail Lawrie, Simona Brown,Ria Choony, Brian Vernel and Joe Hurst will be joining veteran actors like Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes in the upcoming miniseries based off of J.K. Rowling’s 2012 novel, currently being filmed in Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.

Related: Partial cast list announced for ‘Casual Vacancy’ miniseries 

18 year old actress Abigail Lawrie will portray the book’s main character, Krystal Weedon. Simona Brown, whose been in a number of British television shows, will play Gaia Bawden, and 16 year old Ria Choony will play  Gaia’s best friend, Sukhvinder Jawanda. Stage performer Brain Vernel and 15 year old Welsh actor Joe Hurst are set to play Stuart “Fats” Wall and Andrew ‘Arf’ Price, respectively. Pictures of the actors are below.

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The Casual Vacancy is set to air later this year on BBC and HBO. It will be directed by Jonny Campbell

Find out more about the miniseries by visiting our page for The Casual Vacancy here.

‘Casual Vacancy’ miniseries to film in Gloucestershire, U.K. this month

The Casual Vacancy miniseries, based on J.K. Rowling’s 2012 novel, is set to begin filming in Gloucestershire, U.K. this coming Monday, July 7.

The Gloucestershire town of Stroud will double as Pagford, the idyllic English town in which the book takes place. The Radio Times writes that 200 locals are expected to be extras in the show, featured alongside veteran actors Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie. Most of the cast was announced last month, but a few key roles remain to be cast including the book’s teenager characters and the Jawanda family, among others.

Pagford is described in the story as a seemingly idyllic town with a cobbled-stone square and an ancient abbey. Judging by information we found on the web, Stroud, with its dramatic landscape and unique culture, seems like the perfect double for Pagford. Coincidentally, it is near the town of Dursley, where the Dursley family in Harry Potter got their name.

Like Pagford, Stroud, above, has cobbled streets and a variety of shops.

Like Pagford, Stroud, above, has cobbled streets and a variety of shops. Click for larger version.

We’d say the resemblance between Stroud and Pagford (at least in our imagination) is pretty spot on, wouldn’t you?

The series will be directed by Jonny Campbell and written by Sarah Phelps.  It will air in three, one-hour episodes later this year on BBC1 in Britain and HBO in America. HBO has the worldwide distribution rights as well.

Find out more about The Casual Vacancy book and miniseries at our page dedicated to J.K. Rowling’s work.

‘The Silkworm’ by J.K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith released

The Silkworm

The Silkworm

Today, The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith was published  by Mulholland Books of Little, Brown.

The book, written by J.K. Rowling under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the sequel to last year’s acclaimed novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. It is the author’s third novel since the completion of the Harry Potter series in 2007.

The Silkworm sees the return of private detective, Cormoran Strike, and his assistant, Robin Ellacott. The two of them take on the case of novelist Owen Quine, a case that began around a missing person and then turned into a brutal murder under “bizarre circumstances.” Investigating deeper into Quine’s mysterious death, Strike realizes there is more to the story than what it seems.

The synopsis on Galbraith’s reads, “The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him… It becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…”

Find out all about Cormoran Strike here at our page dedicated to the Robert Galbraith novels.

Reviews for the book have been mostly positive so far, with many praising the book’s well thought-out plot and the development of the eccentric characters. Plot and character have always been a signature of Rowling’s writing, and continue to be a highlight of reviews. Then again, as many times as it is praised, it is critiqued, and The Silkworm is no exception. Less than favorable reviews noted the novel’s over-descriptive text, another Rowling signature, as a turn off. You can read more reviews of the book here.

On July 18, J.K. Rowling will be appearing as Robert Galbraith at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. She will be in conversation with crime novelist Val McDermid. Tickets for the event, unfortunately, have already been sold out, but we will be reporting on the event.

The Silkworm is out today — visit your local bookseller to buy the book or order the book online here.

Happy Reading! 🙂