Review: Strike – The Silkworm (S2 E2/2), Sunday 17th September, BBC One

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Set in the cut-throat world of publishing, one with which writer/exec producer JK Rowling must be familiar, The Silkworm is a murder mystery with a twist – all the suspects are featured in the victim’s final novel. But which character represents the killer? Continue reading

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Strike to return in 2018 with Career Of Evil

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We’ll be bringing you our review of the second part of Strike – The Silkworm in due course, but there’s news out of the BBC that Tom Burke will return next year as Strike in Strike – Career of Evil as the war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. It’ll be the third adaptation of Robert ‘JK Rowling’ Galbraith’s Strike novels.

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Review: Strike – The Silkworm (S2 E1/2), Sunday 10th September, BBC One

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Following the series opener The Cuckoo’s Calling, do we know all there is to know about down-at-heel detective Cormoran Strike, or his implausibly glamorous assistant Robin? Obviously not – there must be more revelations to come in this second outing for JK Rowling’s impecunious investigator. Continue reading

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

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NB: Spoilers all over the shop

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

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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