'The Casual Vacancy' and 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' adaptations will air on the BBC(Read article summary)
'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' episodes will air in 2013, while 'The Casual Vacancy' series is expected in 2014.
The channel BBC One has ordered episodic adaptations of the novel âThe Casual Vacancyâ by J.K. Rowling and of the novel âJonathan Strange and Mr. Norrellâ by Susanna Clarke. The number of episodes for âThe Casual Vacancyâ is as yet undecided, but the series will air in 2014, while âJonathan Strange and Mr. Norrellâ will consist of six episodes and air in 2013. BBC One commissioned the adaptation of "The Casual Vacancy" with BBC Drama.
âThe Casual Vacancyâ is a contemporary novel that follows the election for a town government seat, while âJonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell â follows the lives of two magicians who live in Europe during the Napoleonic period â an era when the practice of magic is alive and well.
There was the possibility that âJonathan Strange and Mr. Norellâ would be turned into a film released by New Line Cinemas after the studio optioned the rights to the book in 2005, but the project has never materialized.
Rowling will serve as a consultant on the âThe Casual Vacancyâ miniseries, according to the BBC.
âIâm thrilled that the BBC has commissioned The Casual Vacancy,â the author said in a statement. âI always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home.â
BBC One is currently the home of another literary adaptation, the critically well-received TV show âSherlock,â which is based on the novels by writer Arthur Conan Doyle.