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Luther and Sherlock to get second BBC series

Luther

Story by Jack Foley

CRIME dramas Luther and Sherlock will both get a second series, the BBC has confirmed as part of a slew of new commissions.

The Idis Elba star vehicle will be back for two hour-long specials, while the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman two-hander Sherlock will get three new episodes in autumn 2011.

The first run of Sherlock proved a critical and ratings hit for the way in which it cleverly put a contemporary spin on the classic detective.

It attracted around nine million viewers.

Co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have promised “baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies” for the 2011 episodes.

Announcing the news, BBC One controller Jay Hunt said: “Sherlock was the hit of the summer, Luther the most memorable new detective on the block. I’m delighted they will both be returning to BBC One.”

New programmes

As well as welcoming back two new favourites, the BBC has also announced a two-part adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s acclaimed novel Birdsong, set during World War I.

The TV version will be brought to the screen by award-winning writer Abi Morgan.

BBC Two, meanwhile, is to give the Edwardian ghost story Oh, Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad a modern re-working, while wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis will set up a bar serving only local UK produce in Oz And Hugh Raise The Bar.

The next series of Doctor Who, meanwhile, will arrive in 2011 and will be split into two separate runs, with the first block in spring ending on a cliffhanger.

The next block will begin in the autumn.