Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Culture • TV Show
By Will Galang
Caught up this weekend with the first three episodes of “Strike”, a British TV series based on the detective novels written by Robert Galbraith — who actually happens to be J. K. Rowling in real life. The aforementioned episodes were based on the crime fiction “The Cuckoo’s Calling” published 2013 and is the first novel released under the Cormoran Strike series. (It was followed by “The Silkworm” in 2014 and “Career of Evil” in 2015.)
In the BBC television adaptation, Tom Burke stars as Cormoran Strike, a dead broke war veteran who lost his left leg during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Strike is also the illegitimate son of a rock star. The show also features Holliday Grainger (I wonder if Rowling toyed with the idea of casting Emma Watson for this role) as Robin Ellacott, Strike’s temporary office assistant who is in the process of determining what she wants to do and where she wants to fit in. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” is about the death of a supermodel that was initially ruled as suicide. But then, a family member of the deceased sought Strike to investigate further, giving the latter an opportunity to reinvigorate his office, his career, and his life.
Needless to say, I am hooked. And there’s more to come! Excuse me for now. Perhaps I’ll go out and get the books.