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BBC to dramatise JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy

She is best known for her children’s fictional character of Harry Potter, but most recently, JK Rowling ventured into adult literature and The Casual Vacancy was published, albeit to mixed reviews. Now the BBC has announced that her first novel for adults will be dramatised for television and as she did with all the Harry Potter films, JK Rowling will be keeping a watchful eye on how her book is adapted for TV.

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The Casual Vacancy was a huge success and sold over 125,000 in its first week of publication and became the fastest-selling hardback in the UK for three years and the second biggest seller since records began in 1998. JK Rowling was said to be ‘thrilled’ that the BBC had commissioned her novel and felt that the BBC would do her book justice. She said: “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.” And BBC One controller Danny Cohen said he was excited to bring Rowling’s latest work to audiences. “[Her] story-telling is of course peerless in its popularity, and I am looking forward to collaborating with her,” he said.

The series will be produced through an independent production company operated by Neil Blair, on behalf of The Blair Partnership, and Rick Senat. It is not known how many episodes the novel will naturally produce, but it is thought that this will be decided once the adaptation process has begun.

The Casual Vacancy is set in the small town of Pagford where the parish councillor – Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly in his early forties, leaving a vacancy in the parish election. To the outsider, Pagford is a typical English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. And all is not what it seems as the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. With the rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils, this election becomes much more than a fight for a position on the council. And with an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations, who will emerge as triumphant?

It is not yet known which actors will play the lead roles or who will direct or produce the series but we can tell you that the Casual Vacancy is expected to air on BBC One in 2014.

Source: BBC News

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