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The BBC’s adaptations of JK Rowling’s Robert Galbraith, Cormoran Strike novels have proved a hit with viewers despite some odd scheduling. I honestly thought that these two and three-episode stories would be played out during holiday periods, like ITV’s Maigret (or perhaps strung together in one six-episode series), but no… we’ve had a few here, and a few there, almost randomly. With no Strike novels left on the table, this two-part adaptation of Career Of Evil is going to be the last for the foreseeable, unless the production team do a Vera and break away from the novels and make TV-only stories. Continue reading
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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
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
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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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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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
Well, 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