Filming begins on the fifth series of Strike: Troubled Blood

Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger return as Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott in the latest adaptation of Robert Galbraith's best-selling crime novels.


Today the BBC have confirmed that Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger are returning for a fifth series of Strike, the drama based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


Strike: Troubled Blood will see Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger back on our screens as Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. They'll be joined by other returning cast members, including Kerr Logan as Matthew, Sarah Sweeney as Lucy and Ben Crompton as Shanker.


Private detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he’s approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough, who went missing under mysterious circumstances in 1974.


Strike’s never tackled a cold case, before let alone one 40 years old, but despite the slim chance of success he’s intrigued and takes it on, adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency Robin Ellacott are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.


As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn even cases 40 years old can prove to be deadly.


Joining the series for the first time will be a cast of acclaimed British actors, including Linda Bassett, Kierston Wareing, Abigail Lawrie, Anna Calder-Marshall, Fionnula Flanagan, Cherie Lunghi, Jack Greenlees, Daniel Peacock, Ruth Sheen, Syrus Lowe, Carol MacReady, Sophie Ward, Robin Askwith, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Christina Cole, Ian Radford, Philip Cornwell and Kenneth Cranham.


The new four-part series will be directed by Sue Tully, based on a script by Tom Edge and executive produced by J.K. Rowling, Neil Blair, Ruth Kenley-Letts and Tommy Bulfin as executive producers for the BBC with Jenny van der Lande as story producer and Alex Rendell as producer.


Strike: Troubled Blood will air on BBC One