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Strike is a British television series based on the detective novels written by J.K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.[1][2][3] The first episode premiered on 10 August 2017 at the British Film Institute, and on 27 August 2017 on BBC.[4]

Series title over a headshot of the  dishevelled title character in his office
Genre Crime drama
Detective fiction
Based on Cormoran Strike
by Robert Galbraith
Opening theme "I Walk Beside You" by Adrian Johnston and Crispin Letts performed by Beth Rowley
Composer(s) Adrian Johnston
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Neil Blair
  • Ruth Kenley-Letts
  • Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Producer(s) Jackie Larkin
Location(s) London, England
Cinematography Hubert Taczanowski
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Brontë Film and Television
Distributor BBC
Original network BBC One
Original release 27 August 2017 (2017-08-27) – present (present)
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Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London's Denmark Street, uses his unique insight and his background as a Special Investigation Branch Investigator to solve three complex cases that have eluded the police.

Cast and charactersEdit



On 10 December 2014, it was announced that the Cormoran Strike novel series, written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym "Robert Galbraith" would be adapted for television by the BBC, for broadcast on BBC One, beginning with The Cuckoo's Calling. Rowling collaborated on the project, and it is believed she contributed to the scripts. Two years later, it was confirmed that the series would total seven episodes of sixty minutes, with shooting to begin in London in the autumn of 2016. Additional scenes were filmed at Barrow in Furness in Cumbria and a petrol station in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.[5]

The production filmed at a private house in Sevenoaks in Kent, which featured as the Bristow residence in The Cuckoo's Calling and also in The Silkworm episodes, the Baron's Hall and gardens at Penshurst Place were used for the illustration of scenes in the scandalous Bombyx Mori book and the Porcupine Cafe also features as the cafe on the way to Devon where Cormoran and Robin make a pit stop. [6]

Ben Richards adapted The Cuckoo's Calling and Tom Edge will adapt both The Silkworm and Career of Evil. Richards stated that the series is "very different tonally and visually from other crime dramas." He compared the series to the British detective television show Morse. Similarly, Edge commented that "people use old-fashioned as a pejorative word, but to me that’s part of why these books, and, I hope, the TV series, works so well."[7]


In late 2016, it was announced that Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger will lead the cast as Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, respectively. In early 2017, it was announced that Kerr Logan will play Robin's fiancé, Matthew.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [8]
1 "The Cuckoo's Calling (Episode 1)" Michael Keillor Ben Richards 27 August 2017 (2017-08-27) 8.89
2 "The Cuckoo's Calling (Episode 2)" Michael Keillor Ben Richards 28 August 2017 (2017-08-28) 8.28
3 "The Cuckoo's Calling (Episode 3)" Michael Keillor Ben Richards 3 September 2017 (2017-09-03) 8.18
4 "The Silkworm (Episode 1)" Kieron Hawkes Tom Edge 10 September 2017 (2017-09-10) 8.67
5 "The Silkworm (Episode 2)" Kieron Hawkes Tom Edge 17 September 2017 (2017-09-17) 8.02


The first series began airing on BBC on 27 August 2017.[9] The series will premiere in the US on Cinemax in June 2018 and has been retitled as "C.B. Strike".[10]


Reviews of the first episode of the series were generally positive. A reviewer for the Digital Spy praised both Burke and Grainger's performances. The reviewer claimed that Burke's performance was a "revelation."[11] Christopher Stevens also gave the first episode a positive review, also praising the performances of Burke and Grainger as well as Martin Shaw's portrayal of Tony Landry. He states that "as the resourceful Robin, Miss Grainger balances his mournful personality with lots of energy and bounce." However, Stevens was critical of the lack of subtlety regarding Strike's injury[12]

Similarly, the adaptation of The Silkworm was met with positive reviews, with critics again praising both Burke and Grainger's performances.[13][14] However, the episode was criticised for its portrayal of Elspeth Fancourt's suicide. The episode aired on World Suicide Prevention Day, making viewers claim that this scene was insensitive.[15]


  1. ^ Sommers, Kat (November 2016). "First Look: Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger in 'Cormoran Strike'". BBC America. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Furness, Hannah (7 September 2016). "Confirmed: Tom Burke to play Cormoran Strike in BBC's JK Rowling dramas". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Tom Burke to play JK Rowling's Cormoran Strike on BBC One". BBC. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Buy cinema tickets for TV Preview: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling + discussion | BFI Southbank". Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  5. ^ "JK Rowling series filmed". Darlington & Stockton Times. 20 January 2017. p. 7. ISSN 2040-3933. 
  6. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Strike - The Cuckoo's Calling/The Silkworm (2017) Article". 
  7. ^ Hughes, Sarah (2017-08-12). "Witty, not gritty: JK Rowling's gentle TV detective is a return to the era of Morse". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 10 September 2017.  (User must select "BBC1" in the Channel field and then select the appropriate year, month and week to retrieve the figure for each episode)
  9. ^ "J.K. Rowling's Strike TV series debuts this month". Digital Spy. 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  10. ^ Anop, Nirat (9 October 2017). "Cinemax 2018 Programming Lineup". Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Strike episode 1 review: The next great detective drama". Digital Spy. 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  12. ^ Stevens, Christopher (28 August 2017). "CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  13. ^ Power, Ed (10 September 2017). "Strike - The Silkworm, part one, review - an entertaining and disturbing peek into the darker side of JK Rowling's imagination" – via 
  14. ^ Wollaston, Sam (11 September 2017). "Strike: The Silkworm review – necrophilia, cannibalism and literary London" – via 
  15. ^ "Strike the Silkworm shows intense suicide scene on World Suicide Prevention Day". 11 September 2017. 

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