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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Nominee, Neil Cross, Primetime Emmy® Award, Best Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Nominee, Idris Elba, Primetime Emmy® Award, Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries Or A Movie
Nominee, Luther, Primetime Emmy® Award, Best Miniseries or Movie
Nominee, Sam Miller, Primetime Emmy® Award, Best Director for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic special
Winner, Idris Elba, Golden Globe® Award, Best Performance By An Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television 2012
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
The first ever Luther movie opened in cinemas on 24 February and premiered on Netflix on 10 March 2023, and became the No. 1 movie on Netflix in its first weekend. In Luther: The Fallen Sun – an epic continuation of the award-winning television saga reimagined for film – a gruesome serial killer is terrorizing London while brilliant but disgraced detective John Luther (Idris Elba) sits behind bars. Haunted by his failure to capture the cyber psychopath who now taunts him, Luther decides to break out of prison to finish the job by any means necessary.
The gripping drama starring Justin Theroux and Melissa George debuted globally on Apple TV+ in April 2021