BBC’s Strike Returning for Sixth Season


BBC’s Strike, based on J.K. Rowling’s crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is returning for a sixth season, titled Strike—The Ink Black Heart.

Tom Burke (Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, The Souvenir) and Holliday Grainger (The Capture, Animals) are reprising their roles as Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, respectively. The new season sees the co-creator of a popular cartoon frantically show up at Strike’s office because she is being persecuted by a mysterious online figure and desperately wants to uncover their identity.

Ellacott decides that their agency cannot help with the problem and thinks nothing more of it until a few days later, when she learns that the cartoon co-creator has been tasered and murdered in the location of the cartoon. Strike and Ellacott are then drawn into the quest to uncover the online figure’s true identity.

The cast of season two includes David Westhead (Enola Holmes 2, Bodyguard), Christian McKay (Rivals, Dangerous Liaisons), Emma Fielding (Sanditon, Van der Valk), Tupele Dorgu (The Full Monty, Ridley), James Nelson-Joyce (Time, Industry), Ruth Sheen (Unforgotten, It’s a Sin), Jack Greenlees (The Trial of Cristine Keeler, Payback), Natasha O’Keeffe (Peaky Blinders, The Wheel of Time) and Caitlin Innes Edwards (Hanna, Black Mirror: Smithereens), among others.

Sue Tully returns to direct the new season, marking her third time working on Strike. Her credits include Strike—The Troubled Blood, Too Close, Strike—Lethal White, Line of Duty, Tin Star, The A Word and The Musketeers.

Strike—The Ink Black Heart is adapted for the screen by writer Tom Edge (Vigil, You Don’t Know Me), who also adapted the previous Strike installments Troubled Blood, The Silkworm, Career of Evil and Lethal White.

HBO holds the North American rights to the series. Warner Bros. Discovery is handling international distribution.