Multi-award-winning crime drama series “Luther” will be returning to BBC One, the network announced today. The new 4-part series written by Neil Cross and starring Idris Elba, who has received a Golden Globe and Sag Award for his performance in the role of John Luther, will start filming early next year.
Details are few at the moment, with more announcements to come as the project fills out its cast. BBC doesn’t say who will be joining Elba for the new 4-episode season, nor do we know what story it will tell, or who the villain will be (or villains). Although Hilary Salmon, BBC Studios Executive Producer, promises that this time “we will be pulling out all the stops to make the show bigger, bolder and of course more scary than ever.”
Idris Elba, says: “Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”
And writer Neil Cross, adds: “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” has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore, and is produced by BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm and co-produced with BBC America. Executive producers are Idris Elba and Neil Cross, Marcus Wilson and Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.