"The Casual Vacancy" to become a TV show

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The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling's first post-Harry Potter novel, will come to the small screen courtesy of U.K. public broadcaster BBC.

The broadcaster's flagship channel BBC One and BBC Drama have commissioned an exclusive adaptation of the book in a deal with The Blair Partnership, which represents the British author.

The series has been commissioned for the BBC by BBC One controller Danny Cohen and Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama. It is expected to air in 2014.

Rowling will collaborate closely on the project, with the number and length of the episodes "to be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun," according to the BBC.

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