J.K. Rowling’s Detective Books to Become BBC Series; Finally, Will This Be Her Big Break?

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The artist formerly known as Robert Galbraith. Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

At a press event announcing new series (otherwise known as "seasons" in American English) of Sherlock and Luther, BBC One's Charlotte Moore also announced more details about the broadcaster's adaptations of Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike mysteries. Who cares? you might say, until you remember that Robert Galbraith is actually the pen name of Harry Potter fan-fiction author J.K. Rowling, who has written two Strike novels under the guise of the ex-soldier Galbraith, with a third on the way. The Beeb first announced it would adapt the books for TV in December, and Tuesday night Moore revealed the series would start production in the fall, with Julian Farino directing and Sarah Phelps and Ben Richards adapting the first and second Strike books, respectively. There's no word yet on who will play brilliant P.I. Cormoran Strike, nor his capable secretary Robin Ellacot; too bad Benedict Cumberbatch is probably busy, as he's the only person whose real name could possibly match these ones.