I’m not going to lie; the last series of Luther was not my favorite — after watching his short hunt for a cannibal, I didn’t much care if we got another round of episodes. And then I saw Idris back in the coat … awkwardly winking.
Returning for a four-part Series 5, DCI John Luther reunites Elba with creator/writer Neil Cross, who says,
We missed John Luther. 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.”
Did he say “old friends“? Because, I think we all know the friend we’d like to see one more time.
There’s no word yet whether Ruth Wilson’s Alice Morgan will return — what we do know is that he’ll pair up with new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday, played by Wunmi Mosaku (The End of the Fucking World, Black Mirror, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).
Also returning are Dermot Crowley as DSU Martin Schenk, Michael Smiley as Benny Silver and Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius, and here’s the official Series 5 description:
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 change John Luther forever.” [BBCA]
Best of all, here’s Idris back on location:
Luther returns to BBC America later this year.