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Casual Vacancy filming moves to Painswick

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

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FILM crews have moved in to Painswick and transformed a charity shop in to a funeral parlour.

Before heading to Minchinhampton to shoot scenes for the television drama of JK Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy, the production has set up camp at the Queen of the Cotswolds. The Cotswold Care Hospice shop in Bisley Street is temporarily the Ashtree Funeral Home.

Filming for the HMBO/BBC production, starring Michael Gambon, is also expected to take place around Minchinhampton’s Market Square this month. Scenes have already been shot at Archway School in Paganhill, Stroud police station and in Northleach.

The Painswick shop has been given new funeral director signs, complete with a fictional phone number - the 01632 code is set aside as a dummy for film and TV.

The crew is using the village recreation ground as a unit base and filming is likely to take place today before moving to Minchinhampton.

The Casual Vacancy was Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s first novel for adults.

It is a study of provincial life in fictional Pagford, in the West Country, following the sudden death of a member of the parish council. The three part series is a BBC/HBO co-production being made by Bronte Film and Television, the production company co-owned by Rowling. It is expected to air in 2015.

JK Rowling has various links with Gloucestershire, having named Harry Potter’s adoptive family the Dursleys, and lived at Tutshill in the Forest of Dean.

Michael Gambon, who starred in Harry Potter as Professor Dumbledore, has a leading role as the parish council leader and delicatessen owner Howard Mollison in the film version of The Casual Vacancy.

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