Review: Strike – Career Of Evil (S1 E2/2), Sunday 4th March, BBC One

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So in the final Strike story – for some time, at least – we saw that Robin had been sent a severed leg in the post. Strike immediately thought of three suspects that could be behind such a personal attack: Noel Brockbank, an ex-major who had been accused of abusing his daughter, Britney, and someone Cormoran had investigated when he was in the army; some guy called Donald Laing, and ex-squaddie who had been convicted of abusing his wife and child by Cormoran and sent down; and Jeff Whittaker, his mum’s old flame and who had been suspected of pushing her to suicide. The stakes were upped considerably when a young teen linked to Strike was found murdered. He was being framed for something and taunted from afar. But by who? Continue reading

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Review: Strike – Career Of Evil (S1 E1/2), Sunday 25th February, BBC One

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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

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

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 (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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