The Casual Vacancy on television?

Well I am back, and I though I would start with some news courtesy of Pottermorenews. 

As you can guess from the title, The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling is not just rumoured, but confirmed to be adapted for television as a miniseries, to be broadcast on the BBC later in 2014.

BBC to adapt J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for television.

The BBC announced today they would be adapting J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for television as a mini-series.

In a press release issued today, BBC announced that the series is expected to air on BBC One in 2014, with the number and length of episodes to be decided “once the adaptation process has begun.” The series will be produced for BBC One by an independent production company operated by Neil Blair on behalf of The Blair Partnership, the agency that represents Rowling, and Rick Senat of the BBC will act as executive producer.

J.K. Rowling was also quoted to be “thrilled” that the novel will be adapted. It is reported that she will be very involved with the project, much like she was with the Harry Potter films. She is quoted below:

“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.”

Now I think this is a fantastic idea, and eagerly await it, even if it is just less than 2 years away. But I do wonder, who on earth will all the actors be? I can’t picture anyone as the actors. I’d guess they’d be all British like they were in Harry Potter, since it is set in the UK, but as for who, I have no idea. Who do you think should play Krystal or Terri or Colin or Barry (even if it is for a short time) or the plethora of characters who are involved in the story? How many episodes do you think they will need to cover everything? And what do you think will be cut out? I do hope that it will get underway and that it won’t be long after the British premiere that the US and Australia (and of course everywhere around the world) get to see what the BBC have produced. I do look forward to it, but there is a lot more to do in the meantime, like post about The Stone Key, which should go up later today.


3 thoughts on “The Casual Vacancy on television?

  1. I was wondering: Has this aired in Australia yet? I would be interested if you have seen it already and what your reactions are.

    I recorded it off HBO and have published the first review just now.

      1. You aren’t missing a great deal. You can go to Wikipedia for a detailed list of the many many changes made, but suffice it to say having not even watching Game of Thrones it may be even more than on that show.

        I can’t even begin to describe how over-the-top and unsubtle the death symbolism and metaphors are. The second episode also added an extensive plotline at the end where Howard became terrified of his own mortality after Dr. Jawanda mocks him for his weight (in a dinner with his family and the Walls instead of in the council meeting). He literally has a nightmare with Barry coming back to warn him that the “casual vacancy” refers to the grave and then we get a bizarre animatronic skeleton swinging a scythe at him in the middle of the square, and maggots crawl off of Howard’s skin and the skin of his family. I’m not making any of this up.

        Frankly, it seems to have no respect for the characters or a real idea of why the story worked and what it was about, and I’m going to find it hard to even watch the third episode.

        The Casual Vacancy isn’t a novel that translates well to film, and I’m going to quote Matthew Weiner for my idea of why: “I love the idea that all of these characters have a private life. There is a privacy there that I think you don’t get. It’s mostly ignored, it’s mostly ignored because it’s hard… it’s easier in a novel to get psychological like that. But in film it becomes something where people say, ‘What exactly are we watching?’ And you have to find a way to constantly physically express their feelings.”

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