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


The Cuckoo's Calling
C.B. Strike

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The TV adaptation of C.B. Strike delivers an entertaining detective series that faithfully and effectively adheres to genre tropes.

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Episodes

Air date: Aug 27, 2017

Cormoran Strike, an injured war veteran turned P.I., and secretary Robin Ellacott seek the truth surrounding the mysterious death of supermodel Lula Landry.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2017

Strike discovers that Lula was murdered and makes a breakthrough about how it was done; Robin is offered a permanent job in HR but is reluctant to take it.

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Air date: Sep 3, 2017

Long-buried secrets are revealed, putting Strike and Robin in danger as they close in on the killer.

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Cast & Crew

Tom Burke
Cormoran Strike

Actor
Holliday Grainger
Robin Ellacott

Actor
Martin Shaw
Tony Landry

Actor
David Avery
Nico Kolovas-Jones

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Leo Bill
John Bristow

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Tara Fitzgerald
Tansy Bestigui

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Kadiff Kirwan
Guy Somé

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Kerr Logan
Matthew Cunliffe

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Natasha O'Keeffe
Charlotte Campbell

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Killian Scott
DI Eric Wardle

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Bronson Webb
Evan Duffield

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Amber Anderson
Ciara Porter

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Brian Bovell
Derrick Wilson

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Kevin Fuller
Freddie Bestigui

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Greg McKenzie
TV Reporter

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Jazz Cartier
Deeby Macc

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Elarica Johnson
Lula Landry

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J.K. Rowling
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Neil Blair
Executive Producer
Ruth Kenley-Letts
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Critic Reviews for C.B. Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Audience Reviews for C.B. Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Jun 09, 2021
    There is something very comforting, even nostalgic, in the ordinariness and the straightforwardness of this show, which means the stories are driven by plot and character and not cheap manipulations. Channeling a Raymond Chandler style brooding detective, Strike lives a spartan lifestyle, sleeping on a cot in his office. He doesn't have a gun or a car, so there are no obligatory shoot outs or car chase scenes. He doesn't even have one of his legs, which makes running after the bad guys with his prosthetic leg a challenge, which he often loses. But assisted by his lovely and devoted fearless partner, Strike solves his cases through his spot-on instincts and solid sense of self. Reticent and not especially witty, it is all the more moving when he does have moments of showing his deeper emotions. His very ordinary face and rumpled coat start to grow on you with each episode. A side benefit: a glimpse of lots of London pubs and restaurants.
  • Dec 04, 2018
    Great story but the character of Strike is what makes this series so good. I think Tom Burke is excellent in playing a roughed up complex hero. Bravo, Mr. Burke. Great upcoming big talent.
  • Jul 06, 2018
    Low-key and totally compelling.
  • Jun 15, 2018
    Like the novel it’s based on, BBC’s adaptation of The Cuckoo’s Calling isn’t anything revolutionary, but it sure is a lot of fun. When it comes to this adaptation, the biggest thing worth talking about is Tom Burke’s portrayal of Cormoran Strike, because it’s really the best aspect of the show. That’s not to say the show is bad or anything, on the contrary, it’s rather good, but Tom Burke is just the brightest part of the show. He is perfectly cast as Strike and his performance is just captivating to witness. He commands the screen with such utter ease, it’s honestly incredible. The really nice thing about his portrayal of Strike is that it feels a lot warmer than the Strike of the novels, but at the same time he still very much feels like he’s playing the same character that’s in the novels. It’s just the way Burke delivers the lines and the way his charisma shines through the screen that makes him so enthralling in this show. Holliday Grainger is similarly good as Robin Ellacott. She’s not given nearly as much to do in these three episodes as Burke’s Strike is given, but she still manages to shine fairly brightly, too. Her chemistry with Strike is spot on, and she does wonders with giving Robin a third dimension that she’s really not written with in this adaptation. (The novel spends a lot more time with Robin than the show does, and as such, the show’s depiction of Robin is lacking. But Grainger does make up for that somewhat with her performance.) Unfortunately, her fiance, Matthew (Kerr Logan), is given even less to do, barely appearing in the three episodes that comprise this adaptation at all. It’s a shame since their home life does play some importance in the subsequent books in the series, and Matthew has had a total of about one minute of screen time thus far. But, such is life. As for the show itself, it’s really good. Like the book, it doesn’t do anything particularly new or revolutionary with the genre, but it’s a very enjoyable and well put together mystery. If I had one complaint about the show, it’s that it doesn’t really do anything interesting visually. It does nothing to differentiate itself visually from every other detective show currently being made, and it’s a shame since most detective shows right now aren’t about a one-legged ex-soldier who’s now a private detective. The premise is at least unique and interesting, but the visuals don’t offer anything that matches the uniqueness of the writing. That being said, it’s still very competently shot and directed, and often times very beautiful. Just nothing particularly unique. The mystery itself is well put together, and it’s executed just as well as it is in the novel. It’s not so easily solvable that everyone will have it figured out by the end of the first episode, but it’s not so ridiculous that nobody will have been able to figure it out by the end of the third episode. So, it definitely does its job. The visuals, and especially the soundtrack and sound effects, really do a good job of leading the audience through the mystery. I’m particularly thinking of the climax of the story, about 2/3 of the way through the third episode, where the soundtrack really hammers home the tension that’s been building throughout the episodes, all leading up to the moment where the murderer confesses, in true whodunnit style. I don’t have much to say about Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, good or bad, because, like the novel, there’s just not a whole lot to say. It’s an enjoyable mystery, filled with fairly well-written characters, that feels like a homage to old detective stories while also being distinctly modern. It’s lots of fun, well written, well acted, and well directed. There’s nothing particularly challenging about it, but that’s okay. There’s nothing particularly unique about how it looks, but that’s okay, too. I do like that Strike is representative of the disabled community, that’s nice, and I feel like he’s a good representation for the community as his disability doesn’t define his character at all. He’s a really good detective who just happens to be missing a leg. Overall, I really enjoyed Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, and I’m looking forward to BBC’s adaptation of The Silkworm (the second novel in the Cormoran Strike series), which starts airing next week.
  • Sep 13, 2017
    very decent and enjoyable book's adaptation. Perfect casting and locations.
  • Sep 01, 2017
    The Cuckoo's Calling series is brilliant , very faithful to the book that is a masterpiace

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