Strike first-look preview: does JK Rowling’s detective drama match up to her other work?

Compared to the Harry Potter book series, the Cursed Child stageplay, the Fantastic Beasts film franchise and even her novel The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series is very much the red-headed stepchild (or at least the Ron Weasley) of her many projects. Written in secret under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, her first detective story The Cuckoo’s Calling was released in 2013 to little fanfare (at least until Rowling was revealed to be behind it), and despite fairly positive reviews and a wide readership, it’s fair to say it still doesn’t quite have the name recognition of the Boy Who Lived. But that could be about to change, with the Cuckoo’s Calling (adapted by screenwriter Ben Richards with input from Rowling) heading to BBC primetime this August bank holiday swiftly followed by an adaptation of its sequel The Silkworm by Tom Edge (a two-part version of the third book Career of Evil is planned for the new year) – and having watched the first episode, I could see Strike finding an appreciative wider audience. Tom Burke stars as the titular Cormoran Strike, a former military policeman-turned-homeless private detective with a missing leg, an estranged rockstar dad and […]

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