Com­pared to the Har­ry Pot­ter 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 it still doesn’t quite 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 adap­ta­tion of its sequel The Silk­worm by Tom Edge (a two-part ver­sion of the third book of Evil is planned for the new ) – 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 […]