The BBC announced today that its hit detective series Luther will return for a four-episode third series, airing on BBC One in July and on BBC America on September 3.
Luther has been widely acclaimed for its gritty atmosphere, creative take on the detective genre, and performances. Lead Idris Elba, as tortured London detective John Luther, has been singled out for particular praise, winning a Golden Globe for the second series.
The show’s creator, Neil Cross, explained the long wait between the second and third series (Luther was last on screen in 2011) by saying, “To create something as brilliant as Luther takes time. But it will be worth the wait.” Cross described the third series as “four perfectly dark, chillingly-formed episodes.” Cross earlier confirmed that this will be the last series of Luther, but that a jump to the big screen is not out of the question. Elba has repeatedly expressed interest, explaining in a video interview that, “I think that’s where the ultimate Luther story will unfold, is in the big silver screen – London as a huge backdrop, and a very menacing, horrible character to play against.”
The official synopsis for the third series is below, courtesy of the BBC:
“John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons, is back under intense pressure – with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down. Luther’s life is his job, that is until love crosses his path and offers him a chance of happiness. Sienna Guillory (“Resident Evil,” “Love Actually”) joins the cast as Mary, a woman who works in a vintage clothing shop and meets Luther in a chance encounter. But is Mary ready to accept Luther’s past? And can Luther leave it behind?”
Check out the trailer over on YouTube, courtesy of the BBC.
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