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J. K. Rowling novel to become BBC / HBO series

The Casual Vacancy is to get the small screen treatment

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Stephen McNeice
08:00 Thursday 24 April 2014

It might not have been quite the phenomenon Harry Potter was, but the commercial success of J. K. Rowling's first novel for adult readers ensured a screen adaptation was inevitable. It was announced back in 2012 that BBC would produce a television adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, but more details about the production have finally been announced.

The miniseries will be a BBC and HBO co-production, and will take the form of the three hour-long episodes. Production will take place during the summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The novel follows a large cast of characters in the English town of Pagford, and recounts the scandals and conflicts that erupt after the death of a local councillor. 

Rowling has kept busy since the release of the final Harry Potter book in 2007. As well as The Casual Vacancy, she released a thriller called Cuckoo's Calling last year under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A sequel to the book, called The Silkworm, is due in June.

Rowling has also committed to penning scripts based on Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, with a trilogy of films expected.

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