BBC Adapting J.K. Rowling Detective Stories, Other Shows Unveiled
Have you been pining away for more J.K. Rowling stories to appear on TV? The wait may not be exactly over, but this bit of news may tide us over until the adaptation arrives.
BBC has announced a lineup of new shows at a fall season launch event, including its plans to produce Rowling’s detective series The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and the forthcoming Career of Evil in a series called The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The series follows Detective Cormoran Strike. In the first book he’s broke, has one client, one leg, and his girlfriend has just dumped him. Things can only go up?
The news didn’t stop there, with BBC One controller Charlotte Moore expanding on what we can look forward to, saying at the event, “I hope you will be blown away by the range, the quality and the extraordinary lineup. It demonstrates a channel that’s distinctive, best in class, and at the top of its game, raising the bar of what British television can offer.”
Moore outlined the mix of high-quality programs, listing off, “From Abi Morgan’s River to landmark natural history series The Hunt and Great Barrier Reef, original 20-part series Dickensian, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Waste to The Night Manager, the epic War and Peace, the Tracey Ullman Show and returning global hits Luther and Sherlock, to name just a few.”
The Night Manager is co-produced with AMC, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Tom Hollander, and Olivia Colman. We can look forward to seeing James Norton (Death Comes to Pemberley), Lily James (Downton Abbey), and Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game) in War and Peace.
We all know who stars in BBC AMERICA’s Luther and Masterpiece’s Sherlock … but just to be safe, we welcome back Idris Elba as DCI John Luther, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson.
In addition to the shows Moore listed off, the BBC announced other programming to expect, including a retelling of the fall of Troy called The Fall of a City, adaptations of novels To Sir with Love and Rush of Blood, a 60th anniversary celebration of the first BBC sitcom, and Hancock’s Half Hour.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the shows roll out.
That’s a lot to soak in at once. Are you looking forward to the new lineup?