We have to give some credit to the folks over at BBC One right now over the way in which they are handling “The Casual Vacancy.” If almost any other network was behind this series, especially in America, they would probably try to extent the J.K. Rowling adaptation into about ten episodes or something, just to capitalize on the ratings more so than the story.
Luckily, the BBC does not quite work that way, which is why next week, we are going to see the very end to what has already been a sharp, intelligent series … and one using language so strong, it would never be able to be broadcast on traditional network TV in the States. Oh, the joy of having no sponsors or pressure! Those who know the books know just what is coming in Pagford, and what you are going to see in this episode is further proof that something that started so simple will spiral out of control. To us, this is what the irony in the show / book’s title is all about.
For more on what to expect, take a look right away at the short synopsis below:
“With the parish council election imminent, tensions rise in Pagford as each side steps up their campaign. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? The battle lines are drawn, and the fate of Sweetlove House hangs in the balance.”
We are very curious to see what the ratings are like for this series when they are revealed tomorrow; it did very well in the premiere, and there is no better test than week two ratings to see just what the public thinks about your product’s quality.
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