Now Watching: BBC Series, “Luther”

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Creator: Neil Cross
Producer: Katie Swinden
Starring: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Steven Mackintosh, Paul McGann, Warren Brown
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama

BBC has got a number of series i love to watch like the car-based Top Gear starring; Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. However the moment i came across Luther, no other show seemed to matter as it offered something different.

Luther is a BBC produced series which follows Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) of police John Luther (Idris Elba) as he investigates and tries to solve serial crimes. John Luther is separated from his wife, Zoe, whom he loves a great deal and while he’s still trying to make things right between them, his penchant for getting sucked into another world when working a case and inability to control his emotions, is getting the better of him.

The pilot episode introduces us to Luther as tries to solve a case involving Alice Morgan, a lady suspected of killing her own folks though no proof was ever found. Alice gets interested in Luther for some reason and despite his initial objections, she asserts herself into his life (personal & professional) making things more complicated.

The first season of the series which premiered in May 2011 and ended June 2011 has got just 6 episodes. And while it starts off a bit slow, just like a lot of other series, things switch into gear as soon as Luther’s antics & approach in solving crimes are laid out. Only problem is the first season of the series comes to an end  just when you begin to fall in love with it.


Idris Elba who plays the title character “Luther” in this series has appeared in a  number of movies, however this one has got to be in the top echelon in terms of amazing characters he has portrayed. Elba takes on the role of the passionate & temperamental DCI John Luther in a manner that is bound to leave viewers in awe.


Thanks to the positive reviews the first season garnered, a second season with only four (4) episodes was launched in June and wrapped up in July. Idris Elba has mentioned the possibility of a third season so watch out for that.

For lovers of movies starring Idris Elba, this is one you have to see. And if you’re one of those people that love cop based movie/series, then you could check this one out too…

Rating: 7/10

Mistah Cole

Mistah Cole

is a Nigerian-born Music critic and movie blogger

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