Series 4 of BBC One’s Strike came to an end on September 13th but will Cormoran Strike return to our screens for series 5?
BBC One’s Strike series, based on the Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling) novels, has been one of the most popular detective dramas in recent years, attracting an average of eight million viewers per episode.
In 2020, Strike fans were greeted with an adaptation of the fourth Cormoran Strike book, Lethal White, the first episode of which aired on August 30th.
Now, only a few short weeks later, the four-episode series has come to an end and fans are starting to turn to their attention to whether Strike will return to BBC One for series 5.
Strike: Lethal White on BBC One
Strike’s fourth series, also known as Lethal White, arrived on BBC One on August 30th.
The four-episode series is based on the Lethal White book by J.K. Rowling, which was written under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.
This latest case sees Strike and his crime-fighting partner, Robin Ellacott, take a step into politics as they’re hired by Jasper Chiswell, a long-serving and scandal-plagued Member of Parliament, who fears he is being blackmailed.
Strike series 5 renewal status and potential release date
At the time of writing, Strike has not yet been renewed for series 5.
However, a fifth instalment of the TV series currently looks highly likely as a fifth book in the Cormoran Strike series is due to be released by J.K. Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith) on September 15th, 2020.
As a fifth series of Strike is currently unconfirmed and the fifth book in the series hasn’t been released itself at the time of writing, there is currently no release date for Strike series 5.
However, if we look at series 4, the Lethal White book was released in September 2018 while the TV series arrived in August 2020, almost two years later.
If the same pattern applies for Troubled Blood, it could be August/September 2022 by the time series 5 arrives.
Series 5 plot
As each series of Strike has followed the events of a Strike novel, it’s almost certain that a fifth series of the TV show will tell the story of the Troubled Blood book.
The synopsis for Troubled Blood, which you can read in full here, teases that Cormoran Strike will take on his first-ever cold case after he’s approached by a woman whose mother went missing more than 40 years before.
Series 1-4 of Strike are available to stream now on BBC iPlayer after series 4 concluded on September 13th, 2020.