CB Strike: Why Robin Ellacott is not just an assistant but is just the practical, savvy detective you didn't know TV needed
To say, she is a ray of sunshine in Strike's life is an understatement. She's not your sexy showpiece or armcandy but a force to be reckoned with.
Finding a really great detective in a sea of pseudo-intelligent ones may be tough, but to come across a really spot on female detective on screens today is like finding a pristine blue lake in the middle of a scorching desert. Robin Ellacott from J.K Rowling's 'C.B Strike' is like that water body - soothing to sore eyes. Portrayed by Holliday Grainger (what are the odds), she plays Cormoran Strike's smart and efficient assistant. The focus of the show is obviously on Strike (Tom Burke) since he's the central character and even though she doesn't have the limelight on her, she's so good you just cannot ignore her. And that is what makes her absolutely fantastic.
The fictional story follows a one-legged war veteran Cormoran Strike (Burke) as he tries to find his footing as a private detective in London. No, this isn't the flashy Oxford street you're assuming it to be — these are the grey alleys of a city that Strike has lived in for far too long. He's short on money, sleeps in his dirty old office in Demark Street, spends the day at the local pub and is struggling to find clients. But it all changes as Robin Ellacott steps into his dingy little office and decides to stay even though he almost rips her breast off - Strike makes an instinctive effort to save her as she almost tumbles down the stairs.