Strike: The Silkworm
Strike and Robin tackle a case set in the literary world
SuNdAy 10 September, 9.00pm BBC1 Drama
Canny sleuth Cormoran Strike needs a strong stomach for his latest two-part case. He and his assistant Robin are searching for an author, but their investigation shifts after Strike stumbles upon the man’s body, which has been arranged to resemble a scene from his bizarre new novel...
Events take a macabre turn in a new two-part case for private eye Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott in Strike: The Silkworm.
Following the success of their last investigation, Strike’s office gets a plea for help from eccentric Leonora Quine (Monica Dolan) who wants to trace her missing husband, Owen.
Owen (Jeremy Swift) is a controversial novelist whose manuscript for a shocking novel called
Bombyx Mori – aka The
Silkworm – has been leaked. It features potentially libellous depictions of people Owen feels have harmed his career, from his publisher to his agent.
But it’s not long before Owen is found dead, his mutilated body laid out in a chilling way that reflects aspects of his novel. ‘All the cases have a different tone and this one has a grotesque and garish feel,’ explains Holliday Grainger, who plays Robin. ‘It’s quite out there.’
As Robin and Strike (Tom Burke) enter the backbiting literary world to investigate, the case further inspires Robin’s love of detection, and although it’s causing a rift in her relationship with her fiancé, Matt, she’s desperate to continue working with Strike.
‘Robin has always secretly wanted to be an investigator and is becoming Strike’s detective partner,’ continues Holliday.
‘She and Matt are growing apart and she’s probably in love with Strike. But she doesn’t know that yet because her admiration for him is caught up with her love for the job.’
The search for Owen’s killer puts the crime-busting duo in danger, and Holliday was delighted to take part in some action-packed stunts.
‘Robin has to battle the murderer to the ground and there is a bit of a car chase,’ she smiles.
‘It was fun to be told to drive as fast as you can and swerve.
‘It was like being in a go-kart!’
Macabre… Strike and Robin are drawn into an author’s fantasy world
Grisly end… Owen. Inset: Leonora