JK Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Strikes Screens This Month

According to the Digital Spy, ‘Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling’, the first of a three-part TV series adapted from J.K. Rowling’s crime fiction, will air on Sunday August 27th at 9pm.


Brought to you by BBC One, the tale of Detective Cormoran Strike includes ‘The Three Musketeers’ Tom Burke and ‘Cinderella’ actress Holliday Grainger. While the former will play private investigator Cormoran Strike, the latter assumes the role of his assistant, Robin Ellacott.



Producers deliberately chose London as the setting in hopes that the city’s historic touch will enhance the the show’s overall aesthetics and appeal to viewers. With this decision, its inevitable that viewers will compare Rowling’s second attempt at crime fiction with BBC One’s modern adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’.


In 2015, Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ was made into a TV series starring Michael Gambon, who had previously played Albus Dumbledore in the ‘Harry Potter’ films.


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Michael Gambon in ‘The Casual Vacancy’ | Via Steffan Hill, HBO


“It does feel very different tonally and visually from other crime dramas,” says Ben Richards to the Guardian, who was responsible for adapting ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’. “There’s something interestingly retro about it while also remaining contemporary – it does have a bit of a Morse-like quality. Even the humour is similar – I was watching an old Morse the other day, and the great thing about that series was that it was funny but the humour wasn’t arch or crazy – it just came out of everyday scenarios.”

Written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ is followed by ‘The Silkworm’ and ‘Career of Evil’. The first installment follows Strike through an initial case that soon escalates into a greater conspiracy. When supermodel Lula Landry (Elarica Gallacher) falls from a Mayfair balcony, the police rules it as a suicide but Strike hopes the dig deeper.


Unlike other crime dramas with their jawbreaking twists and turns, this series is relatable in its step-by-step methodology. In addition to her ability to craft mind-riveting plots, Rowling also pays detailed attention to characters that strike authenticity and vibrancy at the same time. Albeit without Holmes’ quirky eccentricity and ‘harmonic’ violin skills, Cormoran Strike is a down-to-earth detective who forces a smile even with a broken leg and an empty bank account.





“What makes Strike an exceptional investigator is that he just works very hard,” Ruth Kenley-Letts, the show’s executive producer, said to the Guardian. “He’s not like Sherlock – blessed with the ability to see everything. He’s a former soldier who lost a leg in Afghanistan and who had a difficult upbringing. He’s not magical. There’s something appealing about that. It makes a nice change to have a show where the crimes aren’t solved in a clever-dick way but because they put the effort in.”


Earlier this month, J.K. Rowling was ranked as the world’s richest author according to Forbes.


Feature image courtesy of BBC