BBC One launched an adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy last week, taking the Sunday night drama ratings by storm. The Casual Vacancy beat out Channel 4’s Indian Summers and ITV’s Mr Selfridge, with overnight figures showing an average of 6.6 million viewers. But does the highly anticipated show live up to expectations?
Fans of the novel will know that it became an instant bestseller with conflicting reviews in 2012. Described as a ‘tragicomedy’, audiences moved far away from the world of Harry Potter into something with a completely different style and substance for Rowling.
Set in the idyllic village of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy sees the death of heroic Parish councillor, Barry Fairbrother, leave the community in turmoil. Secrets and deceit are unearthed, drawing even your own judgement into question.