BBC adapting J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" for TV

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Author J.K. Rowling attends photocall ahead of her reading from 'The Casual Vacancy' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on September 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images) Ben Pruchnie

The BBC says it is turning J.K. Rowling's latest book into a television drama.

"The Casual Vacancy," Rowling's first novel for adults, is a darkly humorous saga of modern British life in which a local council election unleashes rivalries and resentments in a small town.

BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson called the book "an extraordinary tapestry of modern Britain" full of "humor, social commentary and above all fantastic characters."

The novel is Rowling's first full-length book since she finished the "Harry Potter" saga in 2007. It was published in September to mixed reviews but topped best-seller charts.

In a statement, according to Deadline, Rowling said, "I'm thrilled that the BBC has commissioned 'The Casual Vacancy.' I 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."

The BBC said Monday that the adaptation is due to air in 2014. The number of episodes has yet to be decided.

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