BBC has confirmed that the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy will debut on British television on February next year. An American release date has not been specified but we wouldn’t be surprised if it premiered at the same time this side of the Atlantic.

Just yesterday, the BBC announced that it is adapting the Cormoran Strike series for television. In the press release issued for the announcement, the network revealed that the three-part serial “will be aired on BBC One in February 2015.”

The Casual Vacancy was made in a joint production between the UK’s BBC and the US’ HBO. For this, we would expect American audiences to be able to watch the series around the same date. However, HBO did not immediately respond at our request for comment.

Over the last few days, BBC released the first batch of stills from the TV show. The characters of Howard, Shirley and Samantha Mollison, as well as Krystal Weedon and Paul and Andrew Price come to life in the images below.

Michael Gambon and Julie McKenzie play Howard and Shirley Mollison, respectively.

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Sonny Serkis and Joe Hurst bring Paul Price and Andrew ‘Arf’ Price to life in the BBC/HBO adaptation.

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Keeley Hawes as Samantha Mollison, the daughter-in-law of Howard and Shirley.

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Abigail Lawrie plays Krystal Weedon, arguably the central character of the story.

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Michael Gambon returns to the world of J.K. Rowling stories (he played Albus Dumbledores in six Harry Potter films) to play Howard Mollison, alongside Julie McKenzie’s Shirley.

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Pictured below are Julie McKenzie and Keeley Hawes once again.

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The Casual Vacancy was J.K. Rowling’s first novel for grown-ups. Published five years after the release of the final Harry Potter book, Vacancy was met with mixed reviews from critics but indeniable success among readers. To this date, the book has sold over 6 million copies in English and has been translated into 44 different languages.

The “big novel about a small town,” as it was marketed back in 2012, centers around life in Pagford, an idyllic English town in which local politics are shaken after the unexpected death of one of the council’s members. Forced to run elections to fill the empty seat, the remaining council members see an oppportunity to once and for all settle one of their oldest conflicting matters: What to do about the housing projects that were long ago left under their jurisdiction. Half of the council wants to make them disappear, while the other half believes that the moral thing to do is to take care of them and their people.

Everyone will want to influence the election and the decision-making, including a wonderful set of teenage characters that are, in this writer’s opinion, the highlight of the story.

We’ll keep you updated on any future developments.

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