Cormoran Strike and Robin are back in another mystery, this time The Silkworm is a two parter and premieres on Sunday 10 September at 9.00pm on BBC One.
Strike’s agency is busy after the Lula Landry success. Yet when Leonora Quine asks him to track down her missing husband – the novelist Owen Quine – he takes on her case.
He speaks to Quine’s agent Liz Tassell, who was furious because Quine’s latest book, Bombyx Mori, libeled many people.
Strike is pained by a picture of his ex Charlotte and her new fiancé on the cover of a magazine, while his meeting with Robin’s fiancé Matthew is very awkward.
Strike learns that Quine’s mistress, Kathryn Kent, was hurt by her depiction in Bombyx Mori and then discovers that Quine co-owned a house with a rival novelist, Andrew Fancourt. He finds the Quine’s body there, disemboweled and surrounded by plates. Robin shows him Bombyx Mori – Quine’s grisly killing matching the death of the hero.
DI Richard Anstis instantly suspects Leonora, but Strike is unconvinced. When Matthew’s mum dies, Robin is torn between personal and professional priorities. She chooses to help Strike and drives him to Devon to see Quine’s publisher (Chard) rather than going to Yorkshire with Matthew. Chard thinks Quine didn’t write the book alone – he suspects Jerry Waldegrave (Quine’s Editor).
Robin confronts Strike about her desire to be an investigator, and he tells her that it will be difficult if Matthew doesn’t support her. They rush back to London and Robin only just catches her train to Yorkshire. Strike hears that Leonora has been arrested.
The Silkworm (published by Little, Brown) is the second in the Cormoran Strike series and J.K. Rowling’s second crime novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Tom Burke 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 plays Robin, 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.
Speaking about the second story Tom Burke said… “The Silkworm takes place in the world of the literati, which is treated in the same vibrant and detailed way the fashion industry was in the first book. It’s quite a toxic world. The book is peppered with quotes from Jacobean tragedies and a couple of comedies as well. I think there are a couple of Ben Jonson lines in there. You get the sense that this is a fragile world to be a part of. There’s a line in The Duchess of Malfi about the floors of courtrooms being like ice sheets that you can drop through at any moment – there is that feeling in this…”
Holliday Grainger, who plays Robin, said of the filming for this story… “We’d been filming in Soho a lot and bits of Kensington and east London for The Cuckoo’s Calling. When we were filming on the rooftop of the publishers, I realised that I myself hadn’t been to that part of London for a while, and you stand there going, God, London is actually beautiful, it’s epic. The skyline of the buildings next to the River Thames has such a grandeur and a beauty to it – it’s very different to Catford!”
Strike: The Silkworm Episode 1 (of 2) airs on Sunday 10 September 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC ONE.