Luther (2010–2016)
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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


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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When Alice tells Luther that anything bad that happened between them is in the past, Luther responds, "the past isn't dead. It's not even past." This is a close paraphrase of one of William Faulkner's best-known quotations ("The past is never dead. It's not even past"), originally from his 1951 book Requiem for a Nun. Two years after this episode aired, the Faulkner Estate sued Sony Pictures Entertainment for copyright infringement over another paraphrase of the line used in Woody Allen's 2011 movie Midnight in Paris; the estate lost that case on the grounds that the line constituted a small enough portion of the whole work to be considered fair use. See more »


Luther said that the Army had left Owen Lynch high and dry; Royal Marines belong to the Royal Navy, not the British Army. See more »


[last lines]
DCI John Luther: One coffee doesn't make us friends.
[John and Alice walk off together]
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Written by Neil Codling and Brett Anderson
Performed by Suede (as The London Suede)
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Getting better
12 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a slightly disappointing opening episode this Idris Elba vehicle showed a noticeable improvement. Luther is still getting calls from Alice Morgan who pays visits to his estranged wife and the man in a coma who Luther let fall in the first episode, this however isn't the main story, that concerns a former soldier who has gone to war against the police, gunning down several officers. Once identified Luther believes he is acting on the orders of his father for is in prison for killing a policeman.

This episode was pretty taut and there were a few surprises, there was little or no warning when the police men got shot which made me jump. The scenes between Luther and the killer's father were particularly good, I loved how Luther persuaded him to give him the information needed to find his son. I hope this series manages to provide more quality episodes like this, it is still not perfect but it is certainly a move in the right direction.

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