Strike: The Silk­worm

Strike and Robin tackle a case set in the lit­er­ary world

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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.

Poi­son pen

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.’

Speedy stunts

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

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