BBC Orders Third Installment of Crime Series Based on JK Rowling Books – Variety
The first two installments, â€œThe Cuckooâ€™s Callingâ€ and â€œThe Silkworm,â€ began airing in Britain at the end of August and have drawn solid ratings for the pubcaster. They were based on bestselling novels of the same titles written by Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
The new series, â€œCareer of Evil,â€ will also be adapted from a book by Rowling of the same name, the BBC announced Sunday night, immediately after the final episode of â€œThe Silkwormâ€ was shown on flagship channel BBC One. For the third installment, Tom Burke will reprise his role as Cormoran Strike, a war veteran-turned-private detective in London, and Holliday Grainger will return as his assistant, Robin Ellacott.
â€œWhen a dismembered leg is sent to Strikeâ€™s office, it sends both Cormoranâ€™s and Robinâ€™s lives into disarray, forcing them to confront ghosts from their pasts,â€ the BBC said in its description of the new series. â€œTheir partnership reaches breaking point as Robinâ€™s wedding approaches and they disagree about how to ensnare a man who abuses children.â€
Cinemax holds the North American rights to the show, which is being produced by Bronte Film and TV, the company founded in 2013 to develop screen versions of Rowlingâ€™s works. The company previously produced the three-part dramatization of â€œThe Casual Vacancy,â€ Rowlingâ€™s first book for adults after she completed the Harry Potter series. â€œThe Casual Vacancyâ€ also aired on BBC One.
Rowling managed to keep her authorship of the Strike books secret for only a few months after â€œThe Cuckooâ€™s Callingâ€ was published in 2013, but she has continued to use the Galbraith pen name for the sequels.
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