JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy to be made into TV series

  • JK Rowling's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, is to be made into a television drama for the BBC.

    The Harry Potter author will "collaborate closely" on the adaptation, which is expected to air in 2014.

    Set in rural England, the story focuses on the unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother.

    Rowling said she was "thrilled" that the novel has been commissioned.

    The number and length of episodes will be decided after the adaptation process begins.

    The Casual Vacancy sold 125,000 copies in its first week and became the fastest-selling hardback in the UK for three years as well as the second biggest seller since records began in 1998.