Strike Lethal White: Which book scene was cut from series? Star explains all

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The BBC is airing its adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s 2018 novel Strike: Lethal White. This is the latest book to be adapted from the Cormoran Strike series from JK Rowling, who writes under the penname of Galbraith. But what changes were made between the miniseries and the source material?

Speaking to media including at a recent Q&A, Strike: Lethal White screenwriter Tom Edge opened up about the challenges of adapting the book.

He explained how certain scenes were cut to better fit the medium of television, however, these moments weren’t completely lost and could be used later on.

Edge said: “There are always tricky choices with adaptation.”

The writer went on explain: “There are always things. There was a lovely sequence in the book where Strike’s nephew is taken ill and Strike and Robin reunite at his bedside. That was tough to lose.

“But inevitably one of the challenges is re-shaping the book to four hours and it just didn’t have a home there.

“One of the kind of comforts is, as we move forward, the things that we haven’t used in previous books, sometimes they are sitting there as the perfect solution to something else you’re trying to do.”

He continued: “So never feel like anything is ever lost forever, I’m just biding my time.”

In the television adaptation, Strike’s relationship with his half-sister Lucy takes more of a backseat.

The books see Strike often spending time with Lucy, who has a more conventional family life and is married with children.

Lucy and Strike both have the same mother Leda (Kierston Wareing), who sadly died when both of them were young.

The siblings seem to have found some solace in one another, but this isn’t really seen in the TV series.

Strike is seen to seek comfort in Lucy from his own darker work and more solitary life.

While this element has been removed from the show, from Edge’s words it could be incorporated in later in the show.

The main focus on the show seems to be on the main plot strands involving the crimes and Strike’s investigations.

Also, Strike and his will they/won’t they relationship with his assistant Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) has more of a role to play in the show.

This theme has been pretty much the case since the first series Strike: Cuckoo’s Calling.

Edge said he was grateful to have Rowling as an executive producer on the series because she could help when certain elements of the story needed to be changed for the television series.

He explained: “She’s terrific to work with and I do understand the sensitivities of novelists when their work is being adapted and sometimes the anxiety. Things that mattered to them, may not matter the person who’s adapting it.

“But she’s been adapted so many times and is also a screenwriter herself, so I think she has a sort of real confidence when it comes to that process.

“She’s also very generous about those things and also very welcoming to invention, especially where she sees the intention is to bring out her characters in the light which on the page, she spends a lot of time on. Obviously, we have to spend time finding ways to dramatizing that.

“She’s a real pleasure to collaborate with and very generous.”

Strike Lethal White continues on BBC One tonight at 9pm

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