The second instalment of the acclaimed TV detective series based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Strike – The Silkworm will be available to own on DVD from 19th February 2018, courtesy of Warner Bros Home Entertainment.British actors Tom Burke as ‘Cormoran Strike’ and Holliday Grainger as ‘Robin Ellacott’ lead an all-star cast of acclaimed British actors, including Natasha O’Keeffe (Peaky Blinders, Misfits), Kerr Logan (Alias Grace, Game of Thrones), Monica Dolan (W1A, The Casual Vacancy, Wolf Hall), Lia Williams (The Crown, The Missing), Tim McInnerny (Spooks The Greater Good, Eddie The Eagle, Sherlock), Jeremy Swift (The Durrells, Downton Abbey) and Sarah Gordy (Holby City, Upstairs Downstairs) for the major BBC One series; Strike – The Silkworm.
Tom Burke, who most recently starred in BBC’s epic War & Peace as ‘Fedor Dolokhov’ and in The Musketeers as ‘Athos,’ is Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Following his success in solving the Lula Landry case, Strike’s detective agency has been busy. A new client Leonora Quine appeals to Strike’s sensibilities with the case of her missing author husband, that leads Strike into the depths of London’s literary world.
Holliday Grainger, who most recently starred in BBC’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover as Lady Constance Chatterley, is Robin Ellacott, Strike’s assistant. Robin’s beginning as a temporary secretary, has evolved into her current role as Strike’s indispensable assistant; working alongside him and delving deeper into the hidden meanings and concealed secrets of the Bombyx Mori case.
Strike – The Silkworm is executive produced by J.K. Rowling (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Casual Vacancy), Neil Blair (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Casual Vacancy), Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Casual Vacancy, The Hour), Tom Edge (The Crown, Lovesick) and Elizabeth Kilgarriff (for the BBC) and is based on a script by Tom Edge. Directed by Kieron Hawkes (Fortitude, Ripper Street) and produced by Jackie Larkin (Stella Days, Kings).
The Silkworm was published to critical acclaim in 2014, building on the global success of its predecessor The Cuckoo’s Calling in 2013 and followed by Career of Evil in 2015. All three books were number one Sunday Times bestsellers in both hardback and paperback and Little, Brown has sold in total over four million copies worldwide across all editions.
Cormoran Strike is one of the most memorable and distinctive detectives in crime fiction today and Robert Galbraith is among the genre’s most celebrated writers, shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger in 2015 and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016.