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.
We now know that Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger will take the lead roles in the BBC’s highly-anticipated adaptations of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels. We’ve detailed the stories as they’ve been released (go here and here to read them), and we know that filming has started. According to some reports, filming will carry on until April, which means an end-of-2017 transmission date. Anyway, just to keep us interested the BBC has released some new images from the set, which you can see after the jump.
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.
JK Rowling caused a bit of storm when it was revealed that the writer Robert Galbraith was actually her in disguise. Whatever the media and industry reaction to the nom-de-plume, the Cormoran Strike novels have been widely acclaimed and proved that Rowling is adept at turning her hand to multiple genres. She wanted to keep the true identity of her alter ego a secret, but a leak at a law firm gave the game away. Such is her profile and skill, it was only a matter of time until her crime novels were adapted and, sure enough, by BBC One will work on her first crime novel, as it has done with her stand-alone, post-Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy.