BBC to adapt JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike detective novels

Published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, the books are to be turned into a major new BBC1 drama

JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels are to be made into a BBC1 series.

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The Harry Potter author will be involved with the adaptations of the two books that comprise the series so far – The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, both written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The eponymous detective is a down-on-his-luck private investigator who is heavily in debt and has the added misfortune of having lost a leg in the Afghan war.

The choice of lead scriptwriter, the length of the series and the casting are yet to be decided.

This will be the second time Rowling has chosen to collaborate with the BBC. A three-part adaptation of her novel The Casual Vacancy will be aired on BBC1 in February 2015 and will star Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes.

BBC director of television Danny Cohen said: “It’s a wonderful coup for BBC television to be bringing JK Rowling’s latest books to the screen. With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.”

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The new series is expected to air at the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016.