With the amount of money now spent on television series, fans of the Harry Potter novels can only imagine what might have been if a broadcaster like HBO in the US had commissioned ten-part series based on each of JK Rowling’s books.
It might not be Harry Potter, but fans of the author will now be able to watch another of her books brought to life on the small screen after the BBC commissioned an adaptation of her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy.
Rowling will work closely on the project, the BBC said, although the number and length of episodes is still to be determined. It is due to air on BBC1 in 2014.
Set in Pagford, The Casual Vacancy examines a society at war with itself in the run-up to an election, following the death of a local councillor.
Unlike the Potter novels, however, Rowling said that “if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television”.
This is the latest drama announced recently by BBC One. Toby Whithouse (Being Human) is writing The Game (6×60′), a spy thriller set during the Cold War in the 1970s.
Others include an adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s novel Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell; and romantic drama The 7.39, written by David Nicholls (One Day).
New dramas coming to BBC1 in 2013 include season three of crime series Luther, period drama The White Queen, The Village and Ripper Street.