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.
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…
Let’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.
Yes, I’ve already uploaded a post about about the BBC’s upcoming autumn/winter slate of programmes (here if you missed it), but within all the Sherlocks and the Luthers there was one titbit that deserved its own news story. JK Rowling is one of the world’s biggest selling and best known authors, thanks to a little wizard called Harry. However, Rowling caused a bit of a stir when she decided to adopt a nom de plume and sneakily write some crime novels on the side. It was announced last night that these crime novels would be getting the full BBC treatment.