Witty, not gritty: JK Rowling’s gentle TV detective is a return to the era of Morse

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With Cormoran Strike, BBC pins its hopes on a move away from twists and tricks to old-fashioned detective stories

The Killing, The Fall, Line of Duty – dark, pacy crime drama has dominated our screens for the past few years. But the BBC is now pinning its hopes on a return to a gentler, wittier approach to crime detection with a new series that is more in keeping with Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse.

Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, which starts on BBC1 at the end of this month, is the first of three television adaptations of JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels, which she writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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