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Luther - Preview

Luther

Preview by Jack Foley

BBC crime drama Luther marks the UK comeback of Idris Elba, a talented actor best known for his work on award-winning as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO series The Wire.

Starting on Tuesday, May 4 (2010), this six-part series is billed as “a dark psychological crime thriller” that takes a bold new look at the detective genre.

Elba plays John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

The first episode finds Luther returning to work after a spell of leave following the traumatic arrest of the serial killer Henry Madsen.

His first case is investigating the murder of the parents of child genius, Alice Morgan, a crime he quickly deduces is the work of Alice… albeit with no evidence to convict her.

As he attempts to gather that evidence, however, Luther attempts to win back his wife now that he’s got his life back on track – even though she has a new man in her life – Mark, the antithesis of Luther.

Joining Elba in the all-star cast is Ruth Wilson (Small Island, Jane Eyre) as Alice Morgan; Steven Mackintosh (Criminal Justice) as Detective Chief Inspector Ian Reed, Luther’s loyal friend and work colleague; Indira Varma (Rome) as Zoe Luther, who’s had the strength to walk away from the man she still loves; Paul McGann (Withnail & I) as Mark North, unafraid to compete with Luther for Zoe’s love; Saskia Reeves (Bodies) as Detective Superintendent (DSU) Rose Teller, Luther’s risk-taking boss, and Warren Brown (Occupation) as Detective Sergeant Justin Ripley, Luther’s loyal, awestruck new partner.

Creator and acclaimed suspense novelist Neil (Burial, Captured) Cross was also a lead writer on two series of BBC1’s Spooks and is delighted to be able to bring Luther to life.

He said: “It’s an intense psychological thriller which examines not only human depravity but the complex nature of love … and how it’s often this – our finest attribute – that leads us into darkness.”

Watch the trailer