The novel, written for an adult audience, has sold six million copies since being published in 2012. The story is set in the little town of Pagford, England, following the unexpected death of 40-something Barry Fairbrother, leaving an empty town council seat. The entire town is up in a tizzy over the election.
The Harry Potter author hinted at the story making its way to TV telling USA Today, “I think it’s a very novelly novel in that a lot of what goes on happens internally. You need to understand what’s going on inside people’s heads. So even though a lot happens in the novel, part of the appeal of it for me is that so much of it happens in people’s interior life, and film isn’t necessarily the best medium to portray that.”
Rowling is set to executive produce the three-hour contemporary miniseries with EastEnder’s Sarah Phelps writing the script and BBC America’s In the Flesh‘s Jonny Campbell signed on to direct.
The miniseries will air on BBC One and HBO. Filming is set to begin this summer in South West England.
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