J.K Rowling's new detective series prepares to launch

The first of three sophisticated new detective dramas based on celebrated author J.K Rowling’s Cormoran Strikes book series will launch on BBC1 at the end of August.

Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling will follow private investigator Cormoran Strike and assistant Robin Ellacott as they endeavour to solve crimes on the streets of a modern day London that producers claim will reflect contemporary society while having a distinctly ‘nostalgic’ feel.

author Rowling, 52, has published three Cuckoo novels - Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil – under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; a fourth, titled Lethal White, is expected to be released soon, although a publication date is yet to be announced.

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Coming soon: Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first of three sophisticated new detective dramas based on celebrated author J.K Rowling’s Cormoran Strikes book series will launch on BBC1 at the end of August

Coming soon: Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first of three sophisticated new detective dramas based on celebrated author J.K Rowling’s Cormoran Strikes book series will launch on BBC1 at the end of August

Tom Burke, 36, best known for previous TV roles in The Musketeers and War & Peace, plays the titular Strike, a physiologically damaged PI with a colourful past as an ex-Royal Military Police special investigator and former soldier.

Actress Holliday Grainger, 29, will co-star as Strike's enthusiastic secretary and assistant Ellacott. 

Speaking at a Q&A on behalf of the new show, writer Ben Richards - who adapted the series from Rowling's original source material - revealed the show will be a breath of fresh air for fans of detective drama. 

Troubled: Tom Burke, 36, best known for previous TV roles in The Musketeers and War & Peace, plays the titular Strike, a physiologically damaged PI with a colourful past as an ex-Royal Military Police special investigator and former soldier

Troubled: Tom Burke, 36, best known for previous TV roles in The Musketeers and War & Peace, plays the titular Strike, a physiologically damaged PI with a colourful past as an

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