BBC One Orders Fourth ‘Strike’ Adaptation ‘Lethal White’

BBC One has officially green-lit another adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novel series. The formal green-light for the fourth adaptation, Lethal White, comes mere weeks after the novel hit bookstores. Both Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger are on-board to reprise their roles as Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

Based on Rowling’s novels (written under the pen name Robert Galbraith), Strike follows Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street with his assistant Robin. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial to solving complex cases which have eluded the police.

In Lethal White, when Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, 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.

The adaptation will run four episodes – marking the longest yet for the Strike series – and is being written by Tom Edge, who penned the adaptations for both The Silkworm and Career Of Evil. J.K. Rowling’s indie Brontë Film and TV are producing, with Rowling, Neil Blair, Ruth Kenley-Letts and the BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff serving as executive producers. There is no word on a director for the new adaptation or any details on filming schedule.

“We are delighted to announce that the Strike series will return to BBC One with Lethal White. J. K. Rowling, once more in the guise of Robert Galbraith, has delivered another brilliant, knotty and original crime story”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama, who commissioned this latest adaptation. “We are honoured to be working with Jo and once more with Holliday and Tom as Robin and Strike, to bring this hit series back to BBC One.”

The BBC has been keen to order more Strike since Career Of Evil went out earlier this year, but they have been clear all episodes will be based on the novels and not original scripts and as such they had to wait for Lethal White to be published before they could proceed. Each of the three preceding adaptations – The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Silkworm, and Career Of Evil – have attracted audiences in excess of 7 million viewers. Strike is co-produced by HBO, who air the series in the United States on their Cinemax network under the title C.B. Strike.