J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy will be turned into a television series on BBC One, the BBC announced today with a release on their website. The novel, which received mixed reviews, centers around a local election in Pagford after a sudden death.
“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,” Rowling said in a press release. Rowling also said that she would be collaborating on the series, which does not yet have a set amount of episodes. It is expected to air in 2014.
“We are thrilled to bring JK Rowling’s extraordinary tapestry of modern Britain to the screen,” said Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC drama, in the same release. “It’s a book of such richness that through humour, social commentary and above all fantastic characters, that says something insightful and entertaining about the country we live in.”
There are no plans as of yet to air the series in the States.