BBC1 has announced it is to air a TV dramatisation of The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling’s first novel for adults, in 2014.
A deal has been struck between BBC1 controller Danny Cohen and Neil Blair of The Blair Partnership, an agency that represents Rowling. The author herself is to collaborate closely on the project, but apart from that no details are yet known of who will script, direct or star in the series.
Rowling said: “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.”
Cohen commented: “It is thrilling to be bringing the work of JK Rowling to BBC1 audiences. JK Rowling’s storytelling is of course peerless in its popularity, and I am looking forward to collaborating with her. This project highlights the ambition and scale of BBC1 drama, as well as the ability of modern television to attract the world’s biggest talent and most exciting creative ideas.”
The Casual Vacancy, a social satire set in a small West Country town that is electing a new member of its parish council, was published in September this year.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson said: “We are thrilled to bring JK Rowling’s extraordinary tapestry of modern Britain to the screen. It’s a book of such richness that through humour, social commentary and above all fantastic characters, says something insightful and entertaining about the country we live in.”