Email this article to a friend
BBC adapting Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' for TV
Monday - 12/3/2012, 12:51pm  ET
LONDON (AP) - The BBC says it is turning J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults into a television drama.
"The Casual Vacancy" is a darkly humorous saga of modern British life in which a local council election unleashes rivalries and resentments in a small town.
The novel is Rowling's first full-length book since she finished the "Harry Potter" saga in 2007. It was published in September to mixed reviews but topped best-seller charts.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson called the book "an extraordinary tapestry of modern Britain" full of "humor, social commentary and above all fantastic characters."
Rowling said the BBC was the "perfect home" for her story.
The BBC said Monday that the adaptation is due to air in 2014. The number of episodes has yet to be decided.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
Updated 1 hours, 48 minutes ago
Correction: Obit-Diem Brown story
Updated 1 hours, 58 minutes ago
Police: Former cast member of MTV's 'Real World: New Orleans' dies in Wisconsin
Updated 1 hours, 58 minutes ago
Doc rediscovers Bing Crosby's professional triumphs, explores his personal tragedies
Saturday - 11/29/2014, 12:52am EST
Roberto Gomez Bolanos, iconic Mexican comic known to Latin America as 'Chesperito,' dies at 85
Friday - 11/28/2014, 08:46pm EST
Argentina names holders of 4,000 Swiss bank accounts it alleges were used to evade taxes
Friday - 11/28/2014, 05:40pm EST
Campaign-fiance investigation moves forward against Alaska pot advocate who quit TV job on-air
Thursday - 11/27/2014, 08:10pm EST
Singer John Mayer, filmmaker Judd Apatow among guest hosts filling in on 'Late Late Show'
Thursday - 11/27/2014, 12:54pm EST
Nielsen: If like last year, TV viewers won't have to look hard for holiday-themed programming
Thursday - 11/27/2014, 06:40am EST
Singer Brooks says he canceled 'Tonight' gig because it didn't feel right after Ferguson
Thursday - 11/27/2014, 12:24am EST
Set in April, NFL schedule still holding up with chance for no Sunday night flexing
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 05:10pm EST
The NFL scheduling computer has 20,000 rules to make sure matchups are fair and marketable
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 05:04pm EST
Ferguson officer Wilson says he's sorry about Brown's death but followed his training that day
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 02:38pm EST
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 02:30pm EST
ABC's George Stephanopoulos lands interview with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 01:48pm EST
Class Rings: Boston 2024 Olympic bid would harness local colleges to host events, athletes
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 11:00am EST
What does Peter Pan eat? Allison Williams --- who is set to channel the boy who refused to grow up -- has been on an indulgent "Peter Pan
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 07:58am EST
Fox struggling to find audience in new television season
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 07:10am EST
A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Nov. 17-23
Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 06:20am EST
After 'raw wound' of homophobia, Robbie Rogers finds happiness in soccer as openly gay man
Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 06:02pm EST