C.B. Strike (2017– )
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The Cuckoo's Calling: Part 3 

Robin gets key information from a salesgirl at the boutique Lula visited. Strike arrives just as Robin tries on a stunning green dress and awkwardly averts his eyes as he explains his CCTV breakthrough.


Michael Keillor


J.K. Rowling (novel) (as Robert Galbraith), Ben Richards




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Burke ... Cormoran Strike
Sargon Yelda ... DI Anstis
Aown Ali Aown Ali ... Older Afghan Boy
Holliday Grainger ... Robin Ellacott
Alisha Bailey ... Jenny
Simone Ashley ... Alicia - Receptionist
Kadiff Kirwan ... Guy Somé
Genevieve Gaunt ... Tricia
Kerr Logan ... Matthew Cunliffe
Siân Phillips ... Lady Yvette Bristow
Arinder Sadhra ... Marsha
Leo Bill ... John Bristow
John Albasiny ... Professor Enright
Abubakar Salim ... Jonah Agyeman
Martin Shaw ... Tony Landry


Posing as a boutique customer Robin learns that Lula was planning to leave Evan before Cormoran shows her the CCTV footage, which appears to show two different men. Guy Sole tells them that one is wearing his creation and that Lula was looking for her birth father, a Nigerian student, recently deceased. Lady Bristow also alerts them to Landry's disapproval of her adopting Lula. Cormoran traces Lula's natural brother Josiah, the sole beneficiary to her missing will, who feels guilty that, although he was on the CCTV footage the night Lula died his reluctance to actually meet her caused her death. Cormoran finally discovers Lula's will, leading him to unmask the killer, helped by Robin, who also agrees to work for him on a permanent basis. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

3 September 2017 (UK) See more »

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Sevenoaks, Kent, England, UK See more »

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John Bristows girlfriend does not appear in the show. See more »


Cormoran Strike: The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.
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References Million Dollar Baby (2004) See more »


I Walk Beside You
(title music)
by Adrian Johnston and Crispin Letts
performed by Beth Rowley
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Parts 1-3
10 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

As the Strike novels were written by JK Rowling under a nom de plume, the BBC have spared little expense here even giving the serial a title sequence with a catchy song.

The Cuckoo's Calling starts with the body of a young black woman who is a fashionable model Lula Landry, lying dead on a snowy London street.

Her adopted brother engages Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) to investigate her death deemed as a suicide. Strike is the epitome of a down at heel detective, potless and legless as he literally lost a leg in combat in Afghanistan. Yet there is something about him that once enjoyed the good life, he knows his wines and he comes from wealth of some kind.

Strike takes on a new office temp, Robin (Holliday Grainger) even though he does not have money to pay her, still she puts up with him knowing he is living in the office.

Strike investigates the rather dysfunctional adoptive family of Lula Landry and enters the world of the eccentric, the rich and cowardly.

Although the first story was interesting it was never compelling. Burke captured the griminess of Strike but although stylish it felt flat.

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