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Strike (BBC-1 2017, Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger)

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Strike adapts Robert Galbraith’s London set crime novels about ex soldier turned private detective Cormoran Strike working out of a none too salubrious office in Denmark Street aided by secretary Robin Ellacott who initially enters Cormoran’s world as a temp but soon makes herself invaluable and gets as involved in the cases as Strike himself.

The Cormoran Strike novels are superb, initially published with little fanfare by an unknown author called Robert Galbraith. It was then revealed that Galbraith was actually Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling which immediately turned the Strike novels into massive bestsellers.

So far there have been three Strike novels and this series adapts all three of them. Hopefully there will be more to follow of both.

Also known as C.B. Strike in some territories.

production details
Country: UK | BBC One – Bronte Film and TV | 7×60 minutes
Release Year: 2017

Writers: Ben Richards (The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm), Tom Edge (Career of Evil)
Books: Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
Producer: Jackie Larkin
Executive Producers: J.K. Rowling, Neil Blair, Ruth Kenley-Letts, Elizabeth Kilgarriff

cast
Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike
Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott
Kerr Logan as Matthew Cunliffe

Episode 1

EPISODE GUIDE
THE CUCKOO’S CALLING
Episode 1 | Airdate: 2017-08-27
Cormoran Strike, an injured war veteran turned PI, and secretary Robin Ellacott seek the truth surrounding the mysterious death of supermodel Lula Landry.

Episode 2 | Airdate: 2017-08-28
Strike makes a breakthrough. Robin is offered a permanent job in HR but is reluctant to take it.

Episode 3 | Airdate: 2017-09-03
Long-buried secrets are revealed, putting Strike and Robin in danger as they close in the killer.

Episode 1

THE SILKWORM
Episode 1 | Airdate: 2017-09-10
War veteran turned private investigator Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of a provocative author. Robin is caught between Strike and Matthew’s hopes.

Episode 2 | Airdate: 2017-09-17
Delving deeper into the hidden meanings and concealed secrets of Bombyx Mori, Strike and Robin scour all corners of London’s literary world to unmask the killer.

Episode 1

CAREER OF EVIL
Episode 1 | Airdate: 2018-02-25
A dismembered leg sent to Strike’s office sends both his and Robin’s lives into disarray, forcing them to confront spectres from their pasts.

Episode 2 | Airdate: 2018-03-04
Strike and Robin’s partnership reaches breaking point as Robin’s wedding approaches, and they disagree about how to ensnare a man who abuses children.

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