Interview with Tom Burke, Star of BBC One “Strike” Series

BBC One’s adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series airs later this month, and we recently had the chance to sit down with the actor playing the show’s titular character, Tom Burke.

Burke discussed at length the work he did to get the hang of Strike’s disability, from working with a movement instructor to meeting with people who have the same disability. He wanted to capture it as correctly as possible and really appreciated having a team that had put research into the condition at his side.

Burke says he didn’t have much contact with J.K. Rowling during filming but did end up getting a piece of advice from her that proved quite helpful for getting into character.

I think the thing she said to the script people – the writers and the editors – was he’s never self-pitying. Which was a really helpful thing to have at the forefront of my mind when there is a lot of him on the receiving end of quite a lot of crap. So that was just really good to just always have on my mind. I don’t think she could have said anything more helpful than that, actually.

Burke also thinks the thing that makes Strike different from other detective shows is how they are able to switch the tone and feeling of the episodes from miniseries to miniseries.

I think tonally it’s incredibly varied, and I think the books are incredibly varied, and I think that was something we really didn’t want to lose… And to actually find moments where something can have an abrupt turn from the most extreme ends – comedy to tragedy… tragedy is the wrong word, but something could go from being quite dark to quite absurd or quite absurd to quite moving. I feel like this allowed for that in a really good way, and I feel like we achieved that.

Burke, like his co-star Holliday Grainger, is also excited to see what happens with their relationship as the books go on and enjoyed being able to explore that through the miniseries. He especially enjoyed their relationship during the third miniseries to be released, the episodes covering Career of Evil, the third book in the Cormoran Strike series.

You can read the full interview with Burke below.

Strike premieres on BBC One later this month, and you can read our spoiler-free review of the first episode here.

Full Transcript with Tom Burke, Thursday, August 10, 2017