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Luther

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts

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Episode 1: Luther

Summary

The maverick detective returns to work after a traumatic arrest to investigate the murder of a former child genius's parents, and quickly deduces that their daughter is responsible. However, unable to find evidence to convict, he becomes embroiled in a battle of wits with the suspect - who has set her sights on him and his estranged wife. Idris Elba stars in the first instalment of the acclaimed detective drama, with Indira Varma, Steven Mackintosh, Saskia Reeves, Paul McGann and Ruth Wilson.
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Review

A new series of this tough, preposterous cop drama is due on BBC1 shortly, so here’s a handy reminder of where it all began with the first-ever episode, originally shown in 2010. Idris Elba is a towering presence as tormented detective John Luther, a mountain of a man, a visceral police officer with a hopeless personal life who doesn’t play by the rules, a brilliant loose cannon who walks on the edge of an emotional precipice and all too often falls into the abyss. Crikey!

Luther investigates the massacre of a suburban family. The sole survivor is the eldest daughter, an astrophysicist prodigy played by Ruth Wilson. Luther looks deep into her soul. He’s good at that.

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Cast

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DCI John LutherIdris Elba
Alice MorganRuth Wilson
DCI Ian ReedSteven Mackintosh
Zoe LutherIndira Varma
Mark NorthPaul McGann
Det Supt Rose TellerSaskia Reeves
DS Justin RipleyWarren Brown
Henry MadsenAnton Saunders
DCSU Russell CornishMatthew Marsh

Crew

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DirectorBrian Kirk
Executive producerPhillippa Giles
ProducerKatie Swinden
WriterNeil Cross

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