BBC has confirmed that the three-part adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults will begin airing on February 15, on BBC One.

The news broke today at a press screening where selected members of the media were able to watch the series for the first time.

Sarah Phelps -the writer behind the adaptation- was at the event, where she talked about the process of translating the book into the screen. “It could’ve been very difficult,” she said. “But she’s used to the process of adaptation, of having to let her book go into that process, from having the [Harry Potter] films done.

“She read the scripts as they came in and commented appropriately – but she was brilliant about just stepping back and letting me do it, so there was a great deal of freedom.”

In a separate statement, Rowling herself praised the work of Phelps, whom she trusted from the get-go. “Sarah Phelps is a writer at the top of her game. Having met Sarah, and discussed the television adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, I was happy and confident to hand over the job of crafting my novel for the small screen.

“Sarah has done a great job and I am delighted with how it has turned out.”

The first reactions from media members that were at the screening have been very positive. Kasia Delgado from Radio Times calls it “one of the best new dramas I’ve seen in a long while.” Delgado states that the show is “beautifully shot, brilliantly acted and swarming with vivid characters.”

We can expect more reviews to be released in the following days. For now, set your calendars: The Casual Vacancy premieres in the U.K. on Sunday, February 15 at 9:00PM, on BBC One.

HBO will air the series in the U.S., but an American release date is yet to be set.

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