BBC One Announces Plans to Adapt ‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J.K. Rowling to the Small Screen

As nearly everyone on the face of the planet knows, J.K. Rowling is one of the world’s best-selling novelists thanks to her ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. But now that the legendary wizard has donned his Hogwarts uniform for the last time, Rowling’s latest project – The Casual Vacancy – will be getting an adaptation for the small screen courtesy of BBC One and BBC Drama.

‘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 the 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. The book is already a global best-seller and is the first novel for adults by Rowling.

The series will be produced through an independent production company operated by Neil Blair, on behalf of The Blair Partnership, who represent Rowling, and Rick Senat, which shall engage the executive series producer. Rowling will collaborate closely with the project, with the number and length of the episodes to be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun. The series has been commissioned for the BBC by Danny Cohen (BBC One) and Ben Stephenson (BBC Drama).

Rowling has been quoted as saying, “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”.

‘The Casual Vacancy’ is expected to air in the U.K. in 2014 while American viewers will have to wait and see when it will air here.