Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming instalment of the acclaimed crime drama, Strike – The Ink Black Heart. The sixth story in the BBC’s hit series, produced in collaboration with HBO and Warner Bros. Discovery, is based on J.K. Rowling’s bestselling crime novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

In this 4×60 series, Burke, known for his roles in “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” and “The Souvenir,” returns as Cormoran Strike, while Grainger, recognized for her work in “The Capture” and “Animals,” resumes her role as Robin Ellacott. The stellar cast also features renowned British actors such as David Westhead, Christian McKay, Emma Fielding, Tupele Dorgu, and James Nelson-Joyce.

Ruth Sheen, reprising her role as Pat, Strike’s office manager, joins the returning cast, which includes Jack Greenlees as Sam Barclay, Natasha O’Keeffe as Charlotte, and Caitlin Innes Edwards as Ilsa.

The latest narrative unfolds as Edie Ledwell, the co-creator of the popular cartoon “The Ink Black Heart,” seeks Robin’s help in unveiling the identity of an online tormentor named Anomie. However, the situation takes a dark turn when Edie is found murdered in Highgate Cemetery, the very location of her creation. As Robin and Cormoran delve into the intricate web of online aliases, business entanglements, and family conflicts, they find themselves immersed in a case that tests their investigative skills to the limit.

Having garnered a substantial viewership, Strike remains one of the UK’s most-watched dramas, with the recent installment, “Troubled Blood,” averaging 8.4 million viewers throughout its 2022 run.

Director Sue Tully, returning for her third time on the Strike series, leads the creative team, which includes screenwriter Tom Edge, story producer Jenny van der Lande, and producer Alex Rendell. Executive producers J.K. Rowling, Neil Blair, Ruth Kenley-Letts, and Nick Lambon ensure the series maintains its high standard.

The North American rights are held by HBO, while Warner Bros. is responsible for the international distribution. The preceding five series of Strike are accessible for streaming on BBC iPlayer.

Cormoran Strike, created by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, stands as one of the most beloved detectives in contemporary crime fiction. The author, shortlisted for prestigious awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger and Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has achieved global acclaim. The seven novels in the Strike series, starting with “The Cuckoo’s Calling” in 2013 and concluding with “The Running Grave” in September 2023, have collectively sold over 20 million copies worldwide. “Troubled Blood” received the 2021 British Book Award for Book of the Year: Crime and Fiction, solidifying the series’ international success. With translations in 43 languages and availability in over 50 countries, the Strike novels continue to captivate audiences globally.