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Look out BBC TV: Here Comes Rowling’s Casual Vacancy


The boy wizard might be grown and gone now, but Harry Potter’s creator is showing no sign of fading into obscurity any time soon. As reported yesterday by the BBC, J.K. Rowling’s latest novel (this one written for adults) The Casual Vacancy is set to become a BBC television drama.

The novel tells the story of Pagford, a quintessential English small town with a cobbled market square and historic abbey. But life is anything but peaceful behind the hanging baskets and manicured lawns. An empty seat appears on the town council when Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly and the subsequent election sparks conflict and turmoil amongst the townspeople. Sounds like it could make for riveting English television.

No word yet on number or length of the episodes, but the series is expected to air on BBC One in 2014.

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