TV preview: Strike - The Cuckoo’s Calling

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The first of three dramas based on JK Rowling’s bestselling crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is due to be aired tomorrow.

Tom Burke stars as Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective who operates out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases that have eluded the police.

The first of the three dramas opens with supermodel Lula Landry falling to her death from a Mayfair balcony and the police concluding that she committed suicide.

However, John Bristow is not convinced. He believes that his adopted sister Lula was murdered and the police have overlooked key evidence. Penniless, and effectively homeless after separating from his girlfriend, Strike takes the case.

“I’m overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike, who is as complex as he is larger than life,” says Burke. “I know I’m joining an extraordinary team of people on a series that for me is peppered with moments of real emotional depth and meticulously grounded in the page-turning momentum of these novels. Cormoran’s world is rich and raw.”

Rowling’s Robert Galbraith novels were shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger in 2015 and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016.

She said: “I’m thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who’ll bring the character to perfect life. Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write and I can’t wait to see Tom play him.”

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling, BBC1, Sunday, 9pm

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