Idris Elba’s ‘Luther’ Set for Season 5 on BBC, BBC America

Luther TV Review BBC America
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Idris Elba is set to reprise his role as London homicide detective John Luther with a new four-part installment of “Luther.”

“Luther” creator Neil Cross is on board to shepherd the production, set to begin early next year for BBC and BBC America. The most recent two-part installment of “Luther” aired in December 2015.

Cross said he and Elba decided there was a great deal of “unfinished business” for the character to tackle in a new batch of episodes.


Luther TV Review BBC America

TV Review: ‘Luther’

“Because we love John and wonder what he’s up to,” Cross said. “In the end, we picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next. It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next.”

Said Elba: “I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”

“Luther” bowed in 2010. The series has grabbed seven Emmy nominations to date. Elba won the Golden Globe in 2012 for lead actor in a miniseries or movie.

“ ‘Luther’ is compulsive, unnerving television,” said BBC America president Sarah Barnett. “Neil Cross, Idris Elba and the team are geniuses and we all wait with bated breath to see what happens next in this blindingly brilliant show.”

BBC Studios and BBC America are co-producing “Luther.” Elba, Cross, Marcus Wilson, Hilary Salmon, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff are exec producers. BBC Worldwide distributes the series.

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  1. alexis larrarte says:

    i want alice back the relatrionship between both characters is what made the show so intersting

  2. grahamsmith says:

    Great news. Ruth Wilson stated after series end she wouldn’t be back so no Alice unfortunately as not all men freak out over powerful independent women onscreen even if they are psychopathic killers :)

  3. Ray Greenfield says:

    Luther, Alice….what’s not to like ?
    The beauty of the love/hate relationship between them was the absolute consistency of surprise. The BBC’s “Luther” TV show was great fiction & always a joy to watch the insanity unfurl.

    It’s a shame the current White House’s warped version of this “consistency of surprise” psychotic theme doesn’t have better writers….sometimes the reality gets blurred when the inmates are running the asylum. (Political rants are status quo for any comment these days.)

    For the record, Idris Elba would have been a great James Bond.
    And yet, somehow he’s better than that :)

    Welcome back,
    Idris !

  4. Kim Granger says:

    Awesome! This is an excellent show. Great casts and well acted. Idris Elba is probably the best actor working today. He’s powerful in every show or film he does, especially The Wire and Luther.

  5. Boz Parker says:

    wilson was great but is this luther[genius detective] or is it the luther and alice show[psychopathic vigilantes] she kills or threatens to kill while he runs around breaking her out of jail? come on-that story line is dead-i hope. actually i thought the chemistry with varma was better. l would love to see ripley in the ‘mist’ or effion in some compacity.

    • Boz Parker says:

      yeah. ripley yelling[john run, john wake up] warning john of danger. i loved those two guys together. and effion secretly following john to help him when she can, because he saved her.

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  7. Anna says:

    Needs moar Alice!

  8. mjweir0317 says:

    Luv Idris Elba. The more I can see of him the better. And he’s fabulous in Luther.

  9. Ahsoka says:

    Yes. Luther has to be one of the best series on TV. Idris is just awesome. Can’t wait to see this.

  10. krumhorn says:


    – Krumhorn

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