Fans of Luther can breathe a sigh of relief this week, as series 5 is pressing ahead in earnest.
Production is now underway in London, with Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Patrick Malahide also back for the 4-part series as DSU Martin Schenk, Benny Silver and George Cornelius respectively. Wunmi Mosaku (Damilola, Our Loved Boy) will be new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday in the fifth level of the saga.
Here’s a tease at what you can expect, via this intriguing wee BBC synopsis…
When the moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare, DCI John Luther must once again confront the depths of human depravity.
As a series of monstrous killings becomes ever more audacious, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday are confounded by a tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an unspeakable horror. But even as the case brings him closer than ever to the nature of true evil, a reluctant Luther must also face the ghosts of his own past. Striding back into the line of fire, he must choose who to protect… and who to sacrifice.
Whatever his next move, it will have devastating consequences for those around him – and will change John Luther forever.
Genuine shivers. Too excited already.
“There aren’t many shows where the first day of filming feels like an event but Luther is certainly one of them,” said EP Hilary Salmon in a statement. “Thrilled to be in production with a new series of the show that has set the bar in terms of British television crime drama.”
“We missed John Luther,” added creator Neil Cross. “We missed some old friends. And we wanted to make the biggest, scariest, darkest, most thrilling series of Luther there’s ever been. So that’s what we’ve come back to do.”
Elba noted “It’s good to be back in London, back in the coat.”
We’ll bring you more info as we get it.
Luther series 5 air date
The premiere date is yet to be confirmed. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more, but we’re likely to see the new series before the end of 2018.
As for the rumoured film version of Luther, it’s still very much a possibility, but any development on it appears to still be in the early stages.
Luther series 5 renewal
Luther series 5 is officially a go at the BBC. Despite a schedule filled with increasingly high-profile projects, international superstar Idris Elba will put in another series as the eponymous, emotionally tortured London homicide detective DCI John Luther in the moody, gritty television detective series.
Luther series 5 will manifest as a 4-part limited series, eventually arriving on BBC and BBC America.
Series creator Neil Cross, also known for the 10-series run of BBC’s MI-5 and NBC’s short-lived Crossbones, will be back in the bullpen for Luther’s next run.
The announcement should delight the series’ fans, especially after Elba’s rising star and full schedule was seemingly the cause of an abbreviated 2-part series 4 in December of 2015; an offering that ended on a rather curious note. As Cross expresses in a statement:
“Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot. What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London? It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know. So much unfinished business.
The thing is, we’ve been asking ourselves the same question. Because we love John and wonder what he’s up to. And as for me, I’m scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who’s going to stop them, if not John Luther?
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.
Now what? Luther’s coming back. That’s what.”
Luther, which started back in 2010, has achieved both critical and fan acclaim, seven Emmy nominations and yielded Idris Elba a Golden Globe win in 2012 and subsequent nods in 2014 and 2016.
Moreover, it represents a crucial marquee-topping vehicle for the English actor Elba in his transition towards international stardom after having spent years as a standout supporting player on platforms such as HBO’s The Wire and films such as 2007’s 28 Weeks Later and American Gangster, before breaking big in blockbusters such as Prometheus, Pacific Rim and the Thor films, leading to his upcoming headlining role in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. As Elba comments in the statement:
“Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further series and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”
Luther series 5 will see Idris Elba briefly put aside the Gunslinger Roland Deschain and Asgardian sentry Heimdall to return to the streets of London to solve another complex and intense murder mystery for the BBC and BBC America.