The BBC has announced that the two crime novels written under a pseudonym of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are to be turned into a crime drama series.

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ and ‘The Silkworm’ will form the creative bedrock of the series, and will be made with the assistance of Rowling herself. The 49 year old author wrote the books under the name Robert Galbraith, the first coming in April 2013 and the second in June this year.

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J.K. Rowling's 'Robert Galbraith' novels are set to be turned into a BBC crime drama series

In a statement, the BBC’s head of television Danny Cohen said: "It's a wonderful coup for BBC TV to be bringing Jk Rowling's latest books to the screen. With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world."

However, no more details as to the broadcast date or number of episodes have yet been given. Casting for the lead character of Cormoran Strike are under way, though. Production company Bronte Films will also be involved with the series, it is understood.

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A couple of months after the release of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’, Rowling was unmasked as the book’s real author. The information came from a leak in a law firm representing Rowling, and while it immediately caused the book to rocket back to the top of the bestseller’s list months after its initial spell, she was reportedly so upset that she brought legal action against them.

‘The Casual Vacancy’, the other non-Potter book that Rowling has published, has also been adapted into a television piece by the BBC. It is due to be screened in February next year.

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