Strike: BBC to adapt new novel, Lethal White

After the first three serials bagged the BBC some terrific ratings, the broadcaster is investing in four more episodes of Strike, adapted from J.K. Rowling’s latest bestseller, Lethal White

It’s exciting news as star Tom Burke previously claimed that the likelihood of Rowling’s new book – or Robert Galbraith’s – being published in 2018 was slim. “I don’t think it would be until the year after this year,” he said in February before Career of Evil was broadcast.

Lethal White was, of course, published in mid-September and the wheels are already turning on an adaptation. The new series already has a synopsis, which will handy for fans who haven’t read the new book yet.

The new season follows Billy, a troubled young man who comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child and Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. Strike and Robin set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger will return as unlikely crime-fighting duo Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott whilst Tom Edge, who penned The Silkworm and Career of Evil will return to scriptwriting duties.

As for who will direct – previous series were helmed by Michael Keillor, Kieron Hawkes, and Charles Sturridge – well, that’s currently unknown information.

We imagine we’ll see the next series of Strike by the end of next year.

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