BBC Set August Premiere Date For ‘Strike: Lethal White’

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13 Aug 20

BBC Set August Premiere Date For ‘Strike: Lethal White’

BBC One has set an August UK premiere date for the return of Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott for a new case in Strike: Lethal White.

The new BBC miniseries, made in association with HBO/Cinemax, is written by Tom Edge (‘Strike: Career of Evil’, ‘Strike: The Silkworm’, ‘The Crown’) and adapted from J.K. Rowling’s global bestselling novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Sue Tully (‘Line of Duty’, ‘Tin Star’) directs the episodes.

“Lethal White is the story of Strike’s investigation into two families, which lead him quite deep into the past,” comments writer Tom Edge. “On the one hand, you have the Chiswell family, headed up by a classic Shires Tory, a ‘pater familias’ who has four children, one of whom died in the Iraq war. They have a grand, rambling estate and a London home. But all is not well beneath the surface. There’s another family tied to them, the Knight family, and it’s through them that Strike ends up with the Chiswells.”

“There are two brothers: Jimmy and Billy Knight. Billy, the younger of the two, is very mentally unwell, and he shows up unannounced at Strike’s office in the midst of a real emotional crisis. He’s haunted by a memory from his childhood when he witnessed a little girl being strangled in ritualistic fashion, then buried behind his father’s cottage. Strike begins to unpick the connections that lie between these two families, which takes us primarily into the world of politics.”

“But there are two ends of the political spectrum at play. You have the traditional right, embodied by a Conservative MP, as well as the Knight family, who have ties to the anarchic left. As ever, Jo approaches both with a scalpel-like gaze, examining them in an even-handed manner.”

The miniseries reunites Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger as Strike and Robin, alongside Kerr Logan (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Dead Still’), Natasha O’Keeffe (‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘Strike: The Silkworm/Cuckoo’s Calling’), Sophie Winkleman (‘Trust’, ‘Sanditon’), Joseph Quinn (‘Catherine the Great’, ‘Les Misérables’), Nick Blood (‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’), Natalie Gumede (‘Coronation Street’, ‘Titans’) and Robert Glenister (‘Hustle’, ‘Curfew’, ‘Cold Feet’).

“Lethal White also sees Strike and Robin forced to face quite a few things from their own recent pasts and relationships,” continues Edge. “What we see, in a sense, is a sort of attempt by both of them to make their respective relationships with other people work, while keeping their eyes off each other. It’s a process of them exploring quite a deep trauma, the weight of which is carried by both sides by these families, as they try to escape their own pasts.”

Strike: Lethal White‘ is a four-part miniseries which premieres Sunday, 30th August 2020 (time TBC), with episode 2 airing Monday, 31th August 2020 (time TBC).