Luther (2010–2015)
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Episode #1.1 

After a 7 month suspension, DCI John Luther returns to duty. With the assistance of DS Justin Ripley, he investigates a home invasion that resulted in the murders of Douglas and Laura ... See full summary »



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After a 7 month suspension, DCI John Luther returns to duty. With the assistance of DS Justin Ripley, he investigates a home invasion that resulted in the murders of Douglas and Laura Morgan who were found by their daughter Alice. After questioning her, Luther is convinced that she killed her parents and as much as tells her so. He has no physical evidence however and the police have not been able to find the gun. Alice is highly intelligent and is quite prepared to play psychological games with him. Luther meanwhile tries to repair his relationship with his wife Zoe from who he has been separated. She has met someone and has begun a new relationship news that doesn't go down very well. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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17 October 2010 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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The song "China In Your Hand" by T'pau is mentioned by DCI Ian Reid. See more »


(at around 1 min) During the conversation on the bridge, Alice's hair alternates between on her face and not on her face, depending on the camera angle. See more »


DCI John Luther: There was no evidence of an intruder.
Alice Morgan: But absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.
DCI John Luther: I know, I'm making a leap. It's a little leap, though. It's more of a hop.
Alice Morgan: Is this where you ask me if I hated my parents?
DCI John Luther: It is about that time, yes.
Alice Morgan: Did they make me a freak? Yes. Did I hate them? Absolutely. Did I kill them? No.
DCI John Luther: Can you prove that?
Alice Morgan: I can't prove a negative. Can't be done.
DCI John Luther: Innocence is a negative. It's the absence of guilt.
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References Five Million Years to Earth (1967) See more »


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AVOID: Watched half of first episode. Ugh.
30 June 2012 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The writing here is clichéd and sophomoric. Direction is lackluster, acting is pedestrian (except the villain, who is overblown)

This is a cop- versus-villain you have seen before, but even more manipulative than usual.

If this series relied on true mystery, and less on the interplay between Luther and his semi- ex-wife, it might have made it.

Cliché after cliché in the writing here though.

The use of moving camera to follow the brooding Elba is tired. The disturbed psyche of Elba is not convincingly written.

Elba is a fine actor, and is let down by the writing, sadly


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