JK Rowling to executive produce The Casual Vacancy for BBC and HBO

The Harry Potter author is set to bring her adult bestseller to the small screen in the UK and in America

JK Rowling is set to executive produce an adaptation of The Casual Vacancy for a BBC and HBO co-production. 


The BBC announced plans to adapt the Harry Potter author’s first adult novel last year, with BBC1 controller Danny Cohen saying: “It is thrilling to be bringing the work of JK Rowling to BBC1 audiences. 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.”

But it has now been announced that the BBC will be teaming up with American network HBO to bring the project to the small screen in the US as well as in the UK. 

The story, a social satire set in a small West Country town called Pagford, will be transformed into a three-hour miniseries – and production on the project will begin in England this summer.

Rowling will executive produce alongside her literary agent Neil Blair and Saving Mr Banks’ Paul Trijbits, while In the Flesh, Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who director Jonny Campbell will be at the helm of the project alongside The Hour producer Ruth Kenley-Letts. The novel has been adapted for TV by EastEnders scribe Sarah Phelps. 

No casting announcements have been made yet.