Straight in at number 19 is Robert Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling) detective series Strike – a rather jolly good three-hour, BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling (under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith) as Cormoran Strike – imagine Charlie Brooker was a divorced, alcoholic detective with the voice and mannerisms of Kenneth Branagh.
After the eponymous hero has his leg blown off while serving in the military police in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Strike returns to London to set up shop as a broke and broken Private Investigator trapsing the streets of Soho.
While there are many well-trodden tropes, the post-war PTSD and associated anger and insomnia, the quasi-divorce, the alcohol and lots of moping, writer Ben Richards (Spooks, Fortitude) and director Michael Keillor (Silk, Line of Duty) have performed miracles by nine times out of ten showing, not telling a complex murder mystery.
At the heart of all succesful detective shows are the actors and Tom Burke and Holliday Granger, who excel in bringing a the requisite love/mutual respect to the partnership.
In the hands of actors with less chops, Strike would have been a run of the mill detective series.
Strike returns to BBC One in early 2018 with a brand new story Career of Evil.