When the news hit last year that Idris Elba would be back in Neil Cross’s Luther, the crime drama universe frothed at the mouth a little bit – it’s one of the highest-rating shows in the genre, and one of the BBC’s biggest exports. I still maintain that the new, fifth series will be broadcast this year, so it was heartening to see that Elba had donned the coat and had begun filming in London. Not only that, we get news about plotlines and new cast additions.
I’d heard on the grapevine that there was to be an announcement by the BBC tomorrow (Tuesday) concerning Luther. New Luther. But that announcement has been brought forward and it does indeed signify a return to the small screen for our titular hero. What’s more, it’s a proper series, not just a two-episoder. Read on for more!
With cannibal killer suspect Steven Rose on the run, Alice apparently dead, and Bloom definitely in bits, Luther’s running out of options – at least he has crimelord Cornelius chained to a radiator. But not for long.
Ah, Luther. It’s crazier than a box of frogs, but so knowing in its craziness that all critical faculties fly out of the window. DC John Luther (Idris Elba) himself is disturbed, his accomplice Alice (Ruth Wilson) is a certifiable loon, and the London in which Luther operates is a serial killer’s paradise. No wonder this two-part Series four (the Luther movie that never was?) opens with the big man standing on a rooftop gazing into the abyss – the abyss which, as our old mate Neitzsche said, will gaze back into you. He’s still mourning the loss of his wife Zoe, still uncertain whether he should have gone with Alice, still convinced that he has a mission as a policeman, still determined that everyone else should stick to the rules, while he breaks every one.
Earlier today I put up a post that included some bits and bobs to prepare for the imminent arrival of one of the UK’s biggest dramas and exports, Sherlock. Now here’s news of another one of the country’s biggest hitters – Luther – which is even more imminent. Like tomorrow night imminent.
Neil Cross has long been a fine crime writer, and with his creation of Luther – which starts very soon on BBC1 – he’s developed into a fine screenwriter, too. Now the BBC has released details of a new six-part crime drama created by Cross that’s set in a post-apocalyptic world. Hard Sun will be broadcast in 2017, and who knows? We might all be living in a post-apocalyptic world by then. More details after the jump.
It’s been a bit of a day of confirmed transmission dates. First we had ITV confirming the kick-off date for series two of Prey, and now word reaches us that the BBC has detailed the transmission date for Luther. While not a full series, the two-parter is a belter. So much for winding down for the Christmas period… December’s going to be busy!