BBC and HBO’s new crime drama Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling, based on JK Rowling’s first Cormoran Strike novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, finally hits the small screen this weekend!
Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) stars as Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial to solving three complex cases which have eluded the police.
Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, Jane Eyre) stars alongside Tom as Robin Ellacott, assistant to Strike. Though she begins as a temporary secretary, managing Strike’s chaotic life, she soon becomes involved with his caseload and begins to see her true potential.
As huge fans of the books we’ve been looking forward to upcoming show for some time, and when photos were released during filming showing the pair standing outside The Tottenham – the pub Strike visits after agreeing to investigate the suspected suicide of Lula Landry in The Cuckoo’s Calling – we could barely contain our excitement.
Tom Burke said previously, “I’m overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike, who is as complex as he is larger than life. I know I’m joining an extraordinary team of people on a series that for me is peppered with moments of real emotional depth and meticulously grounded in the page-turning momentum of these novels. Cormoran’s world is rich and raw.”
JK Rowling (Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them, The Casual Vacancy), Neil Blair (Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them, The Casual Vacancy), Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Casual Vacancy, The Hour) and Elizabeth Kilgarriff (for the BBC) executive produced, based on scripts by Ben Richards (The Tunnel, Sabotage, Spooks) who has written The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, and Tom Edge (The Last Dragon Slayer, Lovesick) who will write Career of Evil. Michael Keillor (Line Of Duty, Critical) has directed The Cuckoo’s Calling, and Jackie Larkin (Stella Days, Kings) has produced.
Don’t miss the first episode of Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling on BBC One at 9:05pm on Sunday 27 August!