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BBC Adapting J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ for TV

JK Rowling Casual Vacancy BBC TV Series
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Sooner or later, the world had to accept that the ‘Harry Potter‘ novels would come to an end, and so too would the film series, no matter how many times they split up the finale. So, what’s a modern screen crusher to do without a steady stream of J.K Rowling in front of their eyeballs? Why, adapt Rowling’s first post-Potter novel ‘Casual Vacancy’ into a BBC TV series, of course! Are you ready for Rowling’s latest adaptation?

J.K. Rowling’s work is returning to the screen. No, it’s not another ‘Harry Potter’ sequel, but rather The BBC has opted to adapt Rowling’s first post-Potter book ‘Casual Vacancy’ into a TV series. Rowling herself will collaborate with the series, which the network is eying for a 2014 release.

For those unfamiliar with the book, ‘Casual Vacancy’ eschews the supernatural of the ‘Harry Potter’ world and instead focuses on a local election in Pagford after a sudden death. The book received somewhat mixed reviews upon its release.

“We are thrilled to bring JK Rowling’s extraordinary tapestry of modern Britain to the screen,” said Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC drama. “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.”

What say you? Is a ‘Harry Potter’ connection enough to get you interested in an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy?’

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