Public Service Announcement 12 of 2015: The Casual Vacancy, Indian Summers

There’s a good old-fashioned TV smackdown tonight, with two new hour-long network dramas starting at 9pm, the same time as an already established third (Mr Selfridge), and at least one other on cable (Hawaii Five-0).

In the BBC1 corner, it has the first of three-parter The Casual Vacancy, an adaptation of JK Rowling’s novel. And Channel Four fights back with the start of 1932-set ten-parter Indian Summers, the most expensive drama in the channel’s history. Both look custom-built to appeal to the British viewer (and the increasingly important international market): Cotswolds vs India; Rowling’s take on small town English politics vs the declining British Raj; Michael Gambon, Rory Kinnear, and Keeley Hawes vs Julie Walters and Henry Lloyd-Hughes off of The Inbetweeners. Me, I’m watching neither.

In other news, the latest Scandi-import is international Emmy-nominated 30 Degrees In February (“30 grader i februari”), about Swedish expats in Thailand. It started a couple of days ago, but I’m sure there are catch-up opportunities all over the place (Fridays, Sky Arts 1). And a reminder that Elementary, presently in fine form, is back this week for the second half of its third season (Tuesday 17 February, 9pm, Sky Living).

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One thought on “Public Service Announcement 12 of 2015: The Casual Vacancy, Indian Summers

  1. Snoskred May 15, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    I just watched The Casual Vacancy and I thought it was brilliant. Beautifully done. Julia Mackenzie was amazing as she always is.. and rarely seems to get enough credit for. 🙂

    It is indeed an amazing time for British Teevee. 🙂

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