Even before it’s arrived in North America by way of HBO, Strike, the BBC series based on author J.K. Rowling’s series of books following the adventures of private investigator Cormoran Strike has been given the go-ahead for a third series.
HBO has signed on for the North American broadcast sometime later in 2017, however the dates haven’t yet been finalized. Series, in the BBC vernacular, is different than how Americans think of seasons. The first series was comprised of three episodes covering the happenings in the first novel, The Cockoo’s Calling. The second series was two episodes and follows the second book, The Silkworm. Both series were aired back-to-back running on BBC from August 27th until September 17th. With BBC ordering the third series, it will catch up to the third and final published book in the series, Career of Evil. Rowling has a fourth novel in progress, Lethal White, which has not yet been published.
The third installment wouldn’t air until later in 2018. Tom Burke (Libertine, Dragonheart: A New Beginning) stars as the title character, Cormoran Strike, and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias, Bonnie & Clyde) plays his assistant Robin Ellacott, initially a temporary secretary filling in for a week. Her tenure is extended when she proves to be an invaluable resource.
Rowling, Ruth Kenley-Letts and Elizabeth Kilgarriff executive produce. Tom Edge is writing the screenplay. Charles Sturridge (Da Vinci’s Demons) has the center chair as director.