The crime novels written by J.K. Rowling under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith are to be adapted into three event television dramas by the BBC.

Tom Burke, best known as Athos in The Musketeers, will play her hero, private eye Cormoran Strike, in the TV versions, with shooting to begin in Spring.

Rowling’s first Galbraith book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, will be adapted into a 3 x 60 minute mini-series, while The Silkworm and Career of Evil will both be two-parters. In the books, Cormoran Strike is a war veteran who lost his leg in the Afghanistan conflict and now works as a private detective out of shabby office in London’s Tin Pan Alley, Denmark Street.

Rowling says: “I’m thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who’ll bring the character to perfect life. Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write and I can’t wait to see Tom play him.”

JK Rowling crime novels coming to BBC