J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy': First Look at the TV Adaptation

From left: Julia McKenzie, Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes and Julia McKenzie are seen in the first image from the BBC and HBO co-production

The BBC and HBO have been working on bringing Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy to TV screens. Now the BBC has released a peek.

The author's first adult novel will air as a three-hour miniseries.

The photo shows Keeley Hawes and Julia McKenzie as Samantha Mollison and her mother-in-law, Shirley Mollison, at a social event. The image teases the tension between the characters.

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Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon plays Shirley's husband in the series. Rowling is serving as an executive producer on the TV adaptation of her social satire set in a small town.

Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning, recently told THR about the show: "I have seen episodes one and two, and it is brilliant."

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