Meanwhile, Andrew keeps his distance from home and stands up to Fats; Samantha and Shirley have a confrontation about their family; Terri gives in to temptation; and Arf catches two couples in compromising situations. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? While the mini-series was interestingly put together, it really missed a lot of the important characters as well as their characterization that contribute to a macabre story written beautifully by J.K. Rowling. All I am going to say is, this did not do justice to Rowling's story. After mishearing a pair of fishermen talking about the superior flood barriers in The Netherlands, Noah devises an escape plan to 'Never Land'. FANTASTIC. I was surprised by how much I liked this adaptation of the fantastic book. Don't let them dissuade you from taking a chance on this. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest battle the town has yet seen. A young woman moves in with her aunt and uncle and soon discovers unsavory happenings in her new home. 19 of 31 people found this review helpful. When Parish Councilman Barry Fairbrother (Rory Kinnear) unexpectedly dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. If there was a story, I couldn't detect it. No, there's not much of an afterglow. I thoroughly enjoyed the book but feel that this adaptation was an utter let down. An English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, Pagford is not what it first seems. What lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war - rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, and teachers at war with their pupils. The original characters were lost, the cast contained good actors but several were miscast, the hallucinations (with Death) were ridiculous. There are just enough moments of grace to keep A Casual Vacancy afloat. The slow going is then compounded not only by the many, many threads the story never quite pulls into a cohesive whole, but also by the way the characters never become anything more than mere types. With Silas Carson, Joe Hurst, Michael Gambon, Rory Kinnear. A drama series following an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. ‘The Night Manager’ Writer David Farr Teams With Sky To Adapt Novel That Inspired ‘Village Of The Damned’, J.K. Rowling Says Serialized New Book ‘The Ickabog’ Unrelated To ‘Harry Potter’; Royalties To Go To Covid-19 Relief, J.K. Rowling to Release New Fairytale ‘The Ickabog’ for Free, Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe: Episode #10.6.