BBC Picks Up The Casual Vacancy from J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling’s first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, will be made into a TV series. BBC One and BBC Drama have acquired Rowling’s bestselling novel, with Rowling collaborating on the project. BBC hasn’t determined how many episodes will make up the series which is expected to air in 2014.
In the official announcement, Rowling stated: “I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned The Casual Vacancy. I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home.”
BBC One Controller Danny Cohen added: “It is thrilling to be bringing the work of J.K. Rowling to BBC One audiences. J.K. Rowling’s story-telling is of course peerless in its popularity, and I am looking forward to collaborating with her. This project highlights the ambition and scale of BBC One Drama, as well as the ability of modern television to attract the world’s biggest talent and most exciting creative ideas.”
The Casual Vacancy is set in Pagford, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but 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, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems.
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