The BEST Episodes of Strike

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2020

Network: BBC One

Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street, is wounded both physically and psychologically. His unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases, which have eluded the police.

Career of Evil (2)

#1 - Career of Evil (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 4, 2018

Robin arrives at the office to accept a package from a courier in a rush. When she opens it she is horrified to discover a severed leg inside. Strike (Tom Burke) begins to pull together a list of potential suspects from his past, all of whom have vendettas against him. One of the names, Jeff Whittaker, relates directly to Strike's dead mother Leda. He brings in Shanker to help him, while Robin begins to research all three suspects. Strike and Robin's close working relationship begins to rile Robin's fiancé Matthew, and the couple descend into rows. Adding pressure to the relationship, the investigation takes Robin away to Barrow-in-Furness with Strike overnight.

star 7.99
301 votes
Writers: Tom Edge
The Silkworm (2)

#2 - The Silkworm (2)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 17, 2017

Delving deeper into the hidden meanings and concealed secrets of Bombyx Mori, Strike and Robin scour all corners of London's literary world to unmask the killer.

star 7.99
542 votes
The Cuckoo's Calling (3)

#3 - The Cuckoo's Calling (3)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 3, 2017

Robin gets key information from a salesgirl at the boutique Lula visited. Strike arrives just as Robin tries on a stunning green dress and he awkwardly averts his eyes as he explains his CCTV breakthrough - that a man left Lula’s wearing a Guy Somé hoodie.

star 7.94
723 votes
Directors: Michael Keillor
Writers: Ben Richards
Career of Evil (1)

#4 - Career of Evil (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 25, 2018

Robin arrives at the office to accept a package from a courier in a rush. When she opens it she is horrified to discover a severed leg inside. Strike (Tom Burke) begins to pull together a list of potential suspects from his past, all of whom have vendettas against him. One of the names, Jeff Whittaker, relates directly to Strike's dead mother Leda. He brings in Shanker to help him, while Robin begins to research all three suspects. Strike and Robin's close working relationship begins to rile Robin's fiancé Matthew, and the couple descend into rows. Adding pressure to the relationship, the investigation takes Robin away to Barrow-in-Furness with Strike overnight.

star 7.92
326 votes
Writers: Tom Edge
The Silkworm (1)

#5 - The Silkworm (1)

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 10, 2017

War veteran turned private investigator Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of a provocative author. Robin is caught between Strike and Matthew's hopes.

star 7.92
626 votes
The Cuckoo's Calling (2)

#6 - The Cuckoo's Calling (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 28, 2017

Strike tells the police that the circumstances of Rochelle's death merit further investigation but is dismissed. He seeks out Lula’s friends, the fashion designer Guy Somé and model Ciara Porter, and learns that Lula was looking for her biological family.

star 7.81
723 votes
Directors: Michael Keillor
Writers: Ben Richards
The Cuckoo's Calling (1)

#7 - The Cuckoo's Calling (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 27, 2017

Supermodel Lula Landry falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony. The police conclude that she committed suicide.

star 7.72
820 votes
Directors: Michael Keillor
Writers: Ben Richards