Luther, the crime drama created and written by Neil and starring Idris Elba, returned to BBC One in June 2011 and BBC America in October 2011.
The highly-acclaimed crime series full of exhilarating stories, distinctive characters and intense, psychological drama first screened on BBC One in May 2010.
Elba again stars as DCI John Luther, the super-intuitive detective struggling to cope with his own demons, in two new distinctive, thrilling crime stories for Series 2.
Devastated by the brutal murder of his wife, John Luther returns to policing in a different world. His old unit has gone and he’s working in the newly created Serious and Serial Unit, headed by former police complaints officer Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley – Babel, Bleak House). Luther quickly gathers together his team, rescuing his old partner Detective Justin Ripley (Warren Brown – Occupation, Shameless) from uniform. It’s not long before they’re dealing with their first case. A masked man wanders the streets of London, carrying out ritualistic murders in historic locations, working his way up to one final masterpiece…
Crackling with energy the two new specials see Luther take bigger risks and face even darker challenges.
Idris Elba won a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Luther and was also honoured at the 42nd NAACP Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. He also received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries. Luther (Episode 1) also won the Mystery Writers of America’s 2011 Edgar Award for Best Television Teleplay. (click here for more details).
The second series of Luther sees the return of Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan and Paul McGann as Mark North; they are joined by Kierston Wareing as new character Caroline Jones.
For series one Idris Elba was joined by an all-star cast: Ruth Wilson, Steven Mackintosh, Indira Varma, Warren Brown, Paul McGann, Saskia Reeves, all starred in the thrilling, six-part series, which screened on BBC One in May/June 2010.
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Praise and Awards
Nominee, Neil Cross, Primetime Emmy® Award, Best Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (to be announced 23 September 2012)
Nominee, Idris Elba, Primetime Emmy® Award, Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries Or A Movie (tba 23 September 2012)
Nominee, Luther, Primetime Emmy® Award, Best Miniseries or Movie (tba 23 September 2012)
Nominee, Sam Miller, Primetime Emmy® Award, Best Director for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic special (tba 23 September 2012)
Nominee, Luther, BTJA Critics’ Choise Award, Best Movie/Miniseries 2012
Winner, Idris Elba, Golden Globe® Award, Best Performance By An Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television 2011
Winner, Luther, Creative Diversity Network, Radio Times Drama award 2011
Winner, Luther, Royal Television Society, Best Drama Series 2011
Winner, Luther, Promax UK Awards, Best Drama Promo 2011
Winner, Idris Elba, Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, Best Actor Dagger 2011
Nominee, Luther, Broadcast Television Journalists Association Critics’ Choice Television Awards 2012, Best Movie/Miniseries
Nominee, Idris Elba, Broadcast Television Journalists Association Critics’ Choice Television Awards 2012, Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
“Within five minutes you know that this is a cop you want to watch.”
New York Times
“Gritty . . . engrossing”
“(Elba’s) unflinching portrayal of a brilliant dark knight makes for a fascinating exploration of TV’s most compelling cop.”
New York Post
“(A) brilliant detective series . . . (one of) TV’s most provocative thrillers, spot-lighting tormented and damaged heroes who leave us wondering if they deserve medals or a straitjacket.”
TV Guide (US)
“One in a million.”
“Each hour is so spellbinding, you may not realize you’re leaving grip marks on your couch.”
“Gritty, brooding, emotionally raw . . . whatever you call it, Luther is powerful TV.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Sexy and engaging”
“They don’t come more complicated and twisted than in Luther land”
“This is brilliantly choreographed, risk taking drama that dares you to go with it”
Jonathan Wright, Guardian
‘One is never completely at ease with Luther, both during the show and for hours afterwards and I love it for that’
Grace Dent, Guardian
“A gripping programme with the kind of high production values that turn every sequence into a filmic treat.”
“So undeniably compelling that you daren’t miss a single moment.”
Idris Elba photograph © Gene Kiegel