The Casual Vacancy: the TV series

J.K. Rowling's first post-Potter novel The Casual Vacancy is to be made into a BBC television series

BBC One and BBC Drama have commissioned an adaptation of J.K. Rowling's first adult novel The Casual Vacancy.

The series, expected to air in 2014, will be set in the fictional village of Pagfoot, where local councillor Barry Fairbrother (who, Rowling confirmed at Cheltenham Literature Festival, was not purposefully named to rhyme with Harry) dies, leaving behind a small ripple-pool of consequences for his constituents.

Rowling said she is thrilled that the BBC commissioned an adaptation of her novel: "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," Rowling said. The author will collaborate closely with the series, with the number and length of the episodes "to be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun," according to the BBC.


Read the opening of The Casual Vacancy.

Red our write-up of J.K. Rowling's talk at Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Read our review of the The Casual Vacancy.