Interview with Tom Burke on “Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling” DVD Release

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling is now available to own on DVD! The three-part adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s first crime novel (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) aired on BBC One earlier this year and is due to air in the US and Canada in 2018.

In anticipation of the DVD release, MuggleNet talked to Tom Burke about playing the show’s title character.

Burke wasn’t too preoccupied with whether or not Strike was an appealing character.

It’s often the first words you hear out of people’s mouths when things are in development. ‘Is this character sympathetic or not?’ I’ve always felt hugely intrigued by characters that aren’t.

Strike’s costume designer, Suzanne Cave, included Burke in her design process, especially when creating his character’s signature overcoat.

I think probably 90% of the conversations we had about costume were about the coat. It was a sort of hybrid of several things we tried on that we liked different elements of.

Burke read The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm when preparing to audition for the role, but he read Galbraith’s third book, Career of Evil, after being cast, knowing that he would be playing Strike in the story’s TV adaptation.

It was really exciting. You have to start pinching yourself a bit.

You can watch the full interview below.



Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling can be purchased on DVD here (UK only).

Full Transcript with Tom Burke, Tuesday, November 21, 2017