Rowling special highlights ITV1

'Potter' author documentary added to schedule

ITV1 has been granted exclusive access to “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling for a documentary that forms one of the tentpole shows of its fall schedule, announced Thursday.

“A Year in the Life … J.K. Rowling,” made by “Wife Swap” producer RDF, films the bestselling author as she completes the final installment of the “Potter” canon.

“You actually see the moment she stops writing. This program provides a substantial insight into what it’s like to be the world’s most popular author,” said ITV director of television Simon Shaps.

Other fare for the fall includes period dramas “A Room With a View” and “The Old Curiosity Shop,” starring Derek Jacobi, plus entertainment warhorses “The X Factor,” “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” and “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.”

Also featured is “Young Elvis in Colour,” believed to show previously unseen footage of the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.

The crucial fall season, which comes at a time when ITV1 may finally be recovering from a long period in the doldrums, was given a surprisingly glitzy launch at ITV’s studios on London’s South Bank.

Simon Cowell, producer and star of “The X Factor,” was interviewed during the launch by the broadcaster’s head of entertainment, Paul Jackson.

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