British actors Tom Burke as ‘Cormoran Strike’ and Holliday Grainger as ‘Robin Ellacott’ are set to be seen on BBC One from Sunday 27 August, according to the BBC who have announced the transmission dates for the first in the series of dramas based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Burke and Grainger lead a cast of acclaimed British actors including Tara Fitzgerald (Death in Paradise, In The Club), Martin Shaw (Inspector George Gently), Amber Anderson (The Riot Club, Black Mirror), and Sian Phillips (Midsomer Murders, Under Milk Wood) for Strike - The Cuckoo’s Calling.
Strike - The Cuckoo’s Calling (3 x 60 minutes) and Strike - The Silkworm (2 x 60 minutes) are set to air from Sunday 27 August, Monday 28 August, with the third part screening on Sunday 3 September.
Burke, who most recently starred in BBC’s epic War & Peace as ‘Fedor Dolokhov’ and in The Musketeers as ‘Athos,’ is 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 in unravelling three complex cases, which the police seem clueless to solve.
Grainger, who most recently starred in BBC’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover as Lady Constance Chatterley, plays Robin, Strike's assistant. 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.
J.K. 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) have executive produced based on scripts by Ben Richards (The Tunnel: Sabotage, Spooks) who has adapted The Cuckoo’s Calling. Michael Keillor (Line of Duty, Critical) will direct The Cuckoo’s Calling, and Jackie Larkin (Stella Days, Kings) will produce.
Danny Cohen, former Director of BBC Television and Ben Stephenson, former Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, originally ordered the show. Cinemax has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the show.
This marks a continuation of the BBC’s relationship with Brontë Film and TV and J.K. Rowling. Brontë Film & TV produced J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, a three-part serial, which aired on BBC One in 2015.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was published to critical acclaim in 2013 and went on to be a global bestseller, followed in 2014 by The Silkworm and Career of Evil in 2015. All three books were number one Sunday Times bestsellers in both hardback and paperback and Little, Brown has sold in total over four million copies worldwide across all editions.
Cormoran Strike is one of the most memorable and distinctive detectives in crime fiction today and Robert Galbraith is among the genre’s most celebrated writers, shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger in 2015 and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016.