JK Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ to Become BBC Series

JK Rowling (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling‘s first novel after the profitable Harry Potter book series, is set to be adapted to television by the BBC, BBC NEWS has confirmed. Rowling will collaborate on the series, which is currently set for a 2014 premiere. The number and length of episodes have yet to be sorted out but will “be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun.” Set in a small English town rocked by the unexpected death of one of its citizens, The Casual Vacancy was targeted at a more adult audience than Harry Potter, tackling topics ranging from rape to domestic violence. The book received mixed reviews upon its release back in early fall.

Have you read The Casual Vacancy? Are you looking forward to the adaptation?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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