Last Sunday, 27th August, marks the airing of the debut episode in the Cormoran Strike series with “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, at 9pm on BBC1. The adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s 2013 novel has created a buzz of anticipation with the viewings expected to be sky-high.
One of ABF The Soliders’ Charity’s beneficiaries, Barney Gillespie, acted as a consultant on the show for the lead role, Cormoran Strike, played by actor Tom Burke. Burke, who was a judge for The Soldiers’ Charity Photo competition this year, plays Afghanistan veteran turned Private Investigator who is exploring a botched murder. Barney, like Burke’s character in Cormoran Strike, is a below-the-knee amputee. Barney was on set to help Tom with the attributes needed to play the role of an amputee realistically. This included helping Tom with how to walk, put on and remove the prosthetic and what movements would cause pain or discomfort.