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Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby Suelle » August 27th, 2017, 9:50 am

I'm looking forward to this starting on BBC1 tonight - I've really enjoyed all the books in the series. Even though I haven't read any Harry Potter, I can see JK Rowling is a good writer.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby suffolk » August 27th, 2017, 9:58 am

Did you hear Roger Scruton talking about JK Rowling's writing and her influence on modern culture this morning ... very thought provoking and well worth a listen http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qng ... des/player
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » August 27th, 2017, 10:16 am

Looking forward to it too
Wonder why she gave him such a bizarre name, she's usually good at names but Cormoran Strike is weird, sounds like a military exercise not a human!
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby Cheezy_Jazzy » August 27th, 2017, 5:08 pm

My mum reminded me about this earlier so I have rejigged some of the stuff I am recording tonight as it clashed. Looking forward to watching it. :D
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby Pepper Pig » August 27th, 2017, 5:58 pm

Hmm. I'm not convinced she's a great writer. Great storyteller, yes. But total magpie re pinching other people's stuff. (And I loved Potter).

Not a fan of thrillers though so not my thing.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby suffolk » August 27th, 2017, 6:43 pm

suffolk wrote:Did you hear Roger Scruton talking about JK Rowling's writing and her influence on modern culture this morning ... very thought provoking and well worth a listen http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qng ... des/player


Has no one listened to it?
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby Pepper Pig » August 27th, 2017, 7:14 pm

Not me. Sorry. Too busy today.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » August 27th, 2017, 7:51 pm

Been outside or in the kitchen with music on Suffs, not a great Scruton fan but might give it a go if I get to the ironing tomorrow
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » August 27th, 2017, 9:38 pm

I enjoyed that :)
Most of it looked as though it was filmed on location, London as I know it down to the ketchup bottles and the parking restrictions
Think the market where he caught up with the girl is a bit further from the caff in reality, but that doesn't matter
Doesnt Martin Shaw look small next to Tom Burke? :lol:
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby Suelle » August 27th, 2017, 9:46 pm

I enjoyed it too. It's nice to see a series that doesn't really on non-stop action and drama to move things along. I like the occasional 'slow-burner'.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby aero280 » August 27th, 2017, 10:06 pm

Not sure I will watch the rest. It was slower than Midsomer Murders...
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby suffolk » August 27th, 2017, 10:17 pm

StokeySue wrote:Been outside or in the kitchen with music on Suffs, not a great Scruton fan but might give it a go if I get to the ironing tomorrow


I often disagree with him quite strongly ... But he made some interesting points this morning
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby cooksalot » August 30th, 2017, 8:39 pm

Couldn't get on with this. OH was quite keen but not for me..
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby earthmaiden » August 30th, 2017, 10:49 pm

I really enjoyed it. I like the mood as well as the story. Hate having to wait so long for the next part!
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby aero280 » August 30th, 2017, 11:24 pm

I am giving up on TV drama, not that I got for it much. I can hear most programmes quite well. But dramas these days seem to have mushy sound. I had trouble with Ripper Street, and one other that I gave up on. I know my hearing is not the best, but the dramas seem to be produced with a sound quality that is inferior to "normal' programmes. I have no trouble hearing the News, or sport, or quiz programmes.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby PatsyMFagan » August 31st, 2017, 9:38 am

I enjoyed it and like the characters, but like EM, hate having to wait so long for the finale ... (I suspect it's on iplayer already though?) However I couldn't watch any more than the first episode of 'Trust Me' ... too much suspense for me :scared:
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » August 31st, 2017, 10:09 am

Aero, try stereo headphones, makes a huge difference
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby dennispc » August 31st, 2017, 10:35 am

We decided to stay with it - still not sure.

I use cordless headphones and sometimes sub-titles.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby aero280 » August 31st, 2017, 1:53 pm

Headphones is the next thing.

It wil allow OH to do her singing exercises at the same time!! :D
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby KC2 » August 31st, 2017, 2:21 pm

We've been enjoying it and are looking forward to the final episode.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » August 31st, 2017, 2:36 pm

I think I guessed whodunit
May take bets on if I'm wrong :lol:
I've probably swallowed the red herring.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby dennispc » September 4th, 2017, 2:03 pm

Who guessed right then? Certainly not me, but I couldn't link the denouement with what had gone before. Not sure whether it's worth watching again.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby aero280 » September 4th, 2017, 4:32 pm

It was very moody and slow, I thought. Possibly too much of the original book has been left out.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 4th, 2017, 6:52 pm

I might have to watch the end again as although I now know whodunit, I'm not entirely sure why . :aww: :? :oops:
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby earthmaiden » September 4th, 2017, 7:51 pm

I liked it and understood it though agree it got a bit complicated. I loved the moodiness of the whole thing but wonder if further series get a bit predictable. I haven't read the book but would be interested to do so.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby scullion » September 4th, 2017, 8:27 pm

the book was better - as usual.
yes, quite a bit was left out but then that wasn't surprising in the time available - although showing a little less of him walking around london may have fitted more of the story in.
it'l be interesting to see what they do with 'the silkworm' as i thought that one was quite a bit more complex.
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby cyprusmoira » September 7th, 2017, 10:33 am

PatsyMFagan wrote:I might have to watch the end again as although I now know whodunit, I'm not entirely sure why

We were not sure either but I think that it was something to do with her will

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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » September 7th, 2017, 1:35 pm

I had guessed the murderer and more or less the motive, though the will was a surprise as we only found out about the Ghanaian British half brother quite late on

I think the clue is in the title, Cuckoo
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby Suelle » September 7th, 2017, 5:28 pm

StokeySue wrote:
I think the clue is in the title, Cuckoo


I thought Cuckoo was the dead model's nickname!
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » September 7th, 2017, 6:44 pm

Suelle wrote:
StokeySue wrote:
I think the clue is in the title, Cuckoo


I thought Cuckoo was the dead model's nickname!


OK real spoiler here


Yes, but cuckoos famously push other juvenile birds out of the nest once taken in by the foster parents
The murderer killed both his adopted siblings to occupy the centre of attention; he was jealous of Charlie (Strike's childhood friend) who was good looking and brave, hence nobbled his bike

He was jealous of Lula who was stunning and internationally successful, but when she discovered Josh, her blood half brother and proposed leaving all that lovely money outside the nest to him and to Rochelle, who needed it, and none to him he boiled over
Uncle Tony (no not Nadal's, Tony Landry the lawyer played by Martin Shaw) suspected that was his mentality, which was why he didn't want Lula brought into the family in the first place, as he thought it put her at risk of Johnny finding a reason to push her out of the nest.

I though it was fairly straightforward, in terms of classic crime novels, it's a plot either Christie or Sayers might have used, just brought up to date. I think making her nickname Cuckoo is a kind of double bluff
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby Suelle » September 7th, 2017, 6:53 pm

I hadn't looked at it that way, but you're right!
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » September 7th, 2017, 7:02 pm

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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 8th, 2017, 8:48 am

It all falls into place now :)... thanks Sue :tu:
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby KC2 » September 8th, 2017, 9:40 am

Very smart, Sue! Thanks for the explanation!
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby StokeySue » September 8th, 2017, 10:08 am

The only thing that puzzled me a liitle was why Johnny employed Strike in the first place, but I think it was what Lady B wanted, she obviously always liked Strike and his mother too
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Re: Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 8th, 2017, 12:35 pm

I think that was what threw me off the plot :?
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