BBC One will be showing a new television series based on Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels.
The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first crime novel penned by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Strike, a war veteran, is hired to solve the mystery of model’s fatal fall from a Mayfair balcony. This is followed by The Silkworm, where again Strike’s private detective services are required when a novelist writing poisonous pen-portraits vanishes.
Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television commented: “It’s a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing J.K. Rowling’s latest books to the screen. With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.”
BBC One will also be showing Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy over three episodes next February.
Simon Callow has recorded the winning speech for the British Library’s William Shakespeare statue as part of the Talking Statues project.
Participants of the Give a Statue a Voice public writing competition were asked to write a short and entertaining monologue for statues of Shakespeare, the Leaping Hare, Isis, or T-Rex.
And Ed Wiles became the eventual winner with his speech for the Bard’s statue. The budding screenwriter’s most treasured Shakespeare play is Anthony and Cleopatra, which he makes reference to in his submission.
Wiles said: “It was quite a challenge giving words to our greatest writer.”
Colette Hiller, Creative Director of Sing London, commented: “It’s marvellous how the project has caught the public’s attention right across the world. We feel privileged to have such a stellar line-up of writers and actors.”