J K Rowling's troubled private detective Strike returns to our screens this month with much of it being filmed in Falmouth and St Mawes.

Filming for the new series Strike – Troubled Blood took place back in March with scenes being filmed on Prince of Wales Pier and The Palacio Lounge on The Moor.

Falmouth Packet: Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger outside the Palacio Lounge. Pictures courtesy of StrikeFans.com

The books were written under JK Rowling's psuedomyn Robert Galbraith and the TV series stars Tom Burke as the eponymous Strike.

The series also stars Holly Grainger as Robin Ellacott who recently starred in the successful BBC spy thriller The Capture.

Falmouth Packet: Filming took place on Prince of Wales PierFilming took place on Prince of Wales Pier (Image: Pictures courtesy of StrikeFans.com)

The is the fifth season of the series which returns to BBC One, HBO and Warner Bros. at 9pm on Sunday, December 11 with all four hour long episodes then available on iPlayer.

Burke (The Souvenir, True Things About Me) and Grainger (The Capture, Animals) Private detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he’s approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough, who went missing under mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Falmouth Packet: Tom Burke on Prince of Wales PierTom Burke on Prince of Wales Pier (Image: Pictures courtesy of StrikeFans.com)

Strike’s never tackled a cold case before let alone one forty years old, but despite the slim chance of success, he’s intrigued and takes it on, adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency Robin Ellacott are currently working on. Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.

Falmouth Packet: Filming in St MawesFilming in St Mawes (Image: Pictures courtesy of StrikeFans.com)

As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. They learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly.

Sue Tully is directing. Her credits include Too Close, Strike - Lethal White, Line of Duty, Tin Star, The A Word and The Musketeers.

HBO has North American rights and Warner Bros. is selling the show internationally.

Falmouth Packet: Filming in FalmouthFilming in Falmouth (Image: Pictures courtesy of StrikeFans.com)

The Cuckoo’s Calling was published to critical acclaim in 2013 and went on to be a global bestseller, followed in 2014 by The Silkworm, Career of Evil in 2015, Lethal White in 2018 and Troubled Blood in 2020.

All five Strike novels topped the national and international bestseller lists and Little, Brown has sold in total over five million copies worldwide across all editions. Troubled Blood won the 2021 British Book Award for Book of the Year: Crime and Fiction.

Cormoran Strike is one of the most memorable and distinctive detectives in crime fiction today and Robert Galbraith is among the genre’s most celebrated writers, shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger in 2015 and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016.