NEW detective series Strike has already won millions of fans, even pipping ITV’s Victoria in the ratings battle.
The books were written by JK Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
And star Holliday Grainger has told how the real and fictional publishing worlds collided in second adaptation The Silkworm.
The two-parter concludes tonight and scenes were shot at the genuine Galbraith publishers.
“Going there was great, because we definitely saw a copy of Silkworm,” laughs Holliday. “The three books, Cuckoo’s Calling, Silkworm and Career of Evil, all feel like they have very different tones and they’re set in very different worlds.
“The Silkworm is set in the publishing world, which is presumably something that JK Rowling knows quite a lot about.”
Holliday’s character Robin is going from part-time secretary to invaluable investigative partner to Tom Burke’s Cormoran Strike.
“She’s not just vaguely interested, she wants to be on the ground,” she explains. “She’s smart and she’s intuitive and she wants to put those skills into practice. She wants to be a detective.”
The London-set drama makes the most of capital locations and Holliday says it was a real eye-opener.
“We’d been filming in Soho a lot and bits of Kensington and east London for The Cuckoo’s Calling,” she adds.
“When we were filming on the rooftop of the publishers, I realised that I myself hadn’t been to that part of London for a while. You stand there going, ‘God, London is actually beautiful. It’s epic’.
“The skyline of the buildings next to the River Thames has such a grandeur and a beauty to it – it’s very different to Catford!”
Strike: The Silkworm, BBC1, tonight 9pm.
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