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


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


Review: Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling (S1 E1/3), Sunday 27th August, BBC One


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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First Look: Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, BBC One


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

BBC releases first images from Cormoran Strike adaptations


51dhhc1av1l-_sx309_bo1204203200_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. Continue reading

JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike crime novels to be adapted by the BBC



Yes, I’ve already uploadedĀ 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. Continue reading