Review: Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling (S1 E3/3), Sunday 3rd September, BBC One

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Crime authors talk a great deal about the way they plot their novels, and the way they deliberately sneak clues into their narrative. (And the joy at doing so.) Of course, these clues are hidden well within pages and pages of characterisation and other layers so they don’t seem obvious at the time. On telly, things are a bit different – because things generally move quicker and we, as viewers, have visual as well as aural stimulus, clues that are hidden can often, if not handled correctly, feel obvious and clunky. That’s what I felt while watching the final part of the first, three-part Strike story, The Cuckoo’s Calling. Clues weren’t so much clues but huge, whacking-great flashing red lights. Not so much subtle hints but big clobbers over the head with a clue hammer. Continue reading

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BBC confirms Strike – The Silkworm transmission date

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It’s a busy-old day here at The Killing Times with three new shows having their transmission dates confirmed today. We’re two episodes into the first BBC adaptation of JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels, and now the BBC has announced when the next story will be. Continue reading

Review: Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling (S2 E2/3), Monday 28th August, BBC One

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Last night opening episode of The Cuckoo’s Calling was an enjoyable start to what the BBC hopes will be an ongoing and popular series. Robert ‘JK Rowling’ Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike was investigating the suspicious death of supermodel, Lula Landry. Strike, assisted, by work placement Robin¬†Ellacott, shambled around London looking for leads and putting his nose into places he was told wasn’t welcome. It was enjoyable, familiar stuff, so how would the investigation continue in tonight’s episode?

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Review: Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling (S1 E1/3), Sunday 27th August, BBC One

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Anything to do with Jo Rowling and it’s guaranteed to attract huge interest, so you get the feeling that when she decided to turn her attention to the crime genre – writing under a pseudonym Robert Galbraith – it afforded her the luxury of anonymity, some freedom to experiment and try new things. Her Cormoran Strike novels (the character does sound very Harry Potterish, I’ve always thought) proved to be a big hit, and now the BBC has jumped onboard and adapted all three of them, the first of which is presented here in three parts.

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First Look: Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, BBC One

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Well, I’m back from my little break and slowly but surely I’m catching up with the things that I’ve missed this week. Last night I went along to the BFI Southbank to watch the first episode of the first of the eagerly-awaited BBC adaptations of JK Rowling’s (or Robert Galbraith’s) Cormoran Strike novels. The first, three-part series is based on The Cuckoo’s Calling book, and stars Tom Burke as Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott. The good news is that it’s good. And the extra good news is that we now know when it’s going to appear on our screens. Continue reading

Holliday Grainger cast in BBC’s adaptation of Cormoran Strike novels

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holliday-grainger-2Well, hot on the heels of news of a returning series for 2017, I read news of an all-new crime drama for next year – the BBC’s adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels. We brought you this news some time ago (here if you want to have a nose) and that Tom Burke was to play the ex-war-vet-turned-private detective in three¬†adaptations. Now we have more cast details… Continue reading

Tom Burke to play Cormoran Strike in BBC adaptation of JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith novels

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624Let’s be clear about this – JK Rowling in crime drama mode prefers to be known as Robert Galbraith, so strictly speaking these BBC adaptations are of Galbraith’s work. Kind of. But still. We’ve known that the BBC had optioned the Cormoran Strike series (I still want to write Cormorant every time I see that name), and now we know the actor who will take the lead in the seven forthcoming episodes. As a fan of Galbraith’s work (wait, this is getting confusing), I can’t wait to see this character come to television. Continue reading