Everything You Need To Know About JK Rowling’s Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling

J.K Rowling’s highly anticipated debut novel ‘Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling’ hits primetime TV at the end of this month but how will it fair against her previous successes?

Are you looking forward to Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling?

by Rhona McDade |
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J.K Rowling’s highly anticipated debut novel Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling hits primetime TV at the end of this month but how will it fair against her previous successes? The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first instalment of a three-part crime novel written by Rowling in 2013, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith (much to the dismay of critics up and down the country who are kicking themselves for not clocking on sooner). The full trilogy consists of The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil, which have all been adapted by Ben Richards for the BBC.

The BBC adaption of the Rowling’s bestselling crime novel tells the story of Cormoran Strike, who has been wounded both physically and psychologically, but whose background as an investigator proves crucial in solving three complex cases that have eluded police. We will see the lead, Cormoran Strike, played by Tom Burke alongside co-star Holliday Grainger who plays his assistant, Robin. The book certainly hints at the romantic tensions between the two characters but will the on-screen depiction capture Rowling’s subtle and distinctive prose?

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Compared to the Harry Potter book series and even her novel The Casual Vacancy, the Coroman Strike series is said to be operating on a very different level. Ben Richards states 'There is a gentleness to it which I think has been missing for a long time in crime dramas where we’re often a bit too obsessed with having crazy twist after crazy twist.'

The Radio Times have also reviewed the episode: 'Overall the episode is a thoroughly enjoyable watch. Not breath-taking TV, not particularly original, but a solid, entertaining mystery for a Sunday evening as the nights get colder and autumn approaches.' Now JK has come forward and taken ownership of the crime series, books have expectedly flown off the shelves with outstanding reviews. I am certainly looking forward to watching a modern English crime series that isn’t entirely based around cops and gun fights. So, drama fans keep your eyes peeled for what could be the next best detective franchise. Move over Sherlock!

Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling begins on BBC1 on Sunday 27th August at 9.00pm, followed by the second episode the next day

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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