J.K Rowling’s highly anticipated debut novel Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling hits prime time TV later this month. Rowling wrote the three-part crime novel in 2013. The Cuckoo’s nest is the first instalment. She wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith which many critics did not realize was the Harry Potter author.
The full trilogy consists of The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. All of which have been adapted by Ben Richards for the BBC. The BBC adaption of the Rowling’s best-selling crime novel tells the story of Cormoran Strike. The protagonist suffers wounds, both physically and psychologically. Nonetheless, his 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 investigate the alleged suicide of supermodel Lula Landry. Elarica Gallacher will play the ill-fated model, while Holliday Grainger will take on the role of Strike’s partner, Robin Ellacott.
Not Harry Potter
The series has already been reviewed by the English press and The Radio Times stated:
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!
It looks like the series is a far cry from the Potter universe. Ben Richard 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 Cuckoo’s Calling begins on BBC1 on Sunday 27th August at 9.00pm, followed by the second episode the next day