Luther (2010–2018)
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DCI John Luther is still on the job - ex-wife Zoe's boyfriend Mark North doesn't pursue the assault charge - and he now investigates the murder of two police officers who were lured to site... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview:
PC Steve Gorman
Owen Lynch
PC Jenny Hanson
Gary Shelford ...
PC Mardel
Terry Lynch

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DCI John Luther is still on the job - ex-wife Zoe's boyfriend Mark North doesn't pursue the assault charge - and he now investigates the murder of two police officers who were lured to site by a 999 call and then shot. CCTV footage suggest that someone with a military bearing was in the area and it leads him to Owen Lynch, a former Royal Marine who was discharged due to psychological problems. His father Terry, also a formal Royal Marine, is in prison for having killed a police officer some 18 months before and Luther believes he's out for revenge. Meanwhile, Alice Morgan contacts Luther and lets him know that she has decided to investigate him. She also threatens Zoe. Written by garykmcd

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24 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This episode stars both Sean Pertwee, son of Jon Pertwee who was the third actor to portray The Doctor in Doctor Who, and Paul McGann, the 8th actor to portray The Doctor in Doctor Who. See more »


When Luther & Terry grapple together, Luther's hand is on Terry's face or shoulder depending on camera. See more »


DCI John Luther: You get a reputation for answering phones, and all they do is ring.
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Written by Neil Codling and Brett Anderson
Performed by Suede (as The London Suede)
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Apart from the last two of this first series this is the strongest episode of series one.
16 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a terrific first episode we get a gripping and action packed episode with a majestic plot,superb acting and a nail biting ending.

After getting away with the punch up with Mark, John who also still has psycho Alice bothering him turns his attentions to Owen Lynch(Sam Spruell) a ex Marine who has become a sniper and is viciously taking out a number of policemen all over London. Luther visits Owen's father in jail and finds out also ex soldier Terry(a mesmerising Sean Pertwee)is behind his son's actions and after a searing confrontation finds Terry won't call Owen off so John decides he needs to confront Owen and draws him out of hiding by dissing him on television before a corking showdown between the two.

A pulsating second episode with the acting a particular highlight with Idris Elba on spectacular form along with Ruth Wilson's Alice Morgan and Warren Brown's Justin(who becomes a bigger part of the puzzle after a quiet first episode).Also on amazing form is Sean Pertwee as Terry who's confrontation with Luther is extremely tense and either could blow up any minute and hit the other(Pertwee is currently superb in Gotham)and their scene is one of the best in the show's short history.

This episode also has some brilliant action and suspense with Owen taking out the coppers in bone crunching fashion and the first scene is pretty graphic.Another top scene is him taking out police from on a roof where Luther tries to get them away from danger and I was gripped.But no doubt the last part of the episode was the best as Luther confronts Lynch in a apartment block and you generally think that Luther has gone into this without thinking as Owen starts beating him and even though you know he must survive he does get pushed to the very limit here.

A awesome second episode and already this show was heading for legend status with some edge of your seat action and suspense along with some award winning acting especially from Mr Elba and Mr Pertwee.

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