Luther: Season 1, Episode 5

Episode #1.5 (14 Nov. 2010)

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James Carrodus
Donatienne Dupont ...
Jessica Carrodus
Danny Lee Wynter ...
Tom Meyer
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Evangeline Nixon
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DCI Luther investigates the violent kidnapping of Jessica Carrodus by a gang intent on recovering a batch of stolen diamonds. They've given the woman's husband James an hour to deliver the goods and as proof of their seriousness, have already cut out her tongue. Luther, always ready to bend the rules, retrieves diamonds from another case in the evidence locker but the delivery goes wrong. It's also revealed that one of Luther's colleagues was in on the original robbery. In the midst of all this, Luther's wife Zoe has decided to break all contact with him. When he finds her dead on her kitchen floor, he realizes all of the evidence will point to him as the killer and he goes on the run. Written by garykmcd

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John Luther asks his partner to call "Detective Munch, in New York. He works the Special Victims Unit." This is a possible reference to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) which stars Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch, a character which has appeared on American television for over 15 years. The character first appeared as a regular in Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and later carried over to become a regular on the equally long-running SVU, also an American NBC show. See more »

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DCI Ian Reed: You have any idea how lies I've told for you over the years for the shit you done?
DCI John Luther: Yeah, well I never killed anyone, have I?
DCI Ian Reed: Yeah, not for lack of trying.
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Best episode of the series so far
6 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This series has been very up and down so far but as it approaches its final episode it seems to have founds it footing, providing a gripping story which sets things up nicely for next week's conclusion. Just as a couple are about to leave the country for a new life abroad a violent group storm into the house and demand the man hands over eighteen high quality diamonds which were stolen from the wrong person, to show they mean business they cuts his wife's tongue out and threaten worse if he doesn't give them what they want in two hours. There is just one problem; she has swallowed them and he is sure they would kill her to get them out. He goes to the police and Luther persuades his boss to let the payment go ahead using diamonds stored in the evidence locker for another case. It looks like the exchange will go according to plan until the man does a runner with the gems. This means Luther must find the kidnapper and persuade him that he can still get what he wants without harming the woman further. Things are somewhat complicated by the fact that unbeknownst to him his colleague DCI Reed was involved in the initial robbery and is running a parallel inquiry to make sure he isn't implicated in any crime. This leads to people dying including somebody very close the Luther.

It is a shame that this series didn't really find its footing until so near to the end but those who stuck with it will be rewarded with this episode which features far less of Alice and spends far less time dealing with the relationships between Luther, his wife and her new boyfriend. Once again Idris Elba puts in a good performance as the eponymous Luther but the real acting credit goes to Steven Mackintosh who plays his friend DCI Reed, a police officer who will do anything to keep his colleagues from finding out what he has done. I won't spoil the ending but will say it came as a real shock and has left me looking forward to next week's concluding episode to see how it is resolved.


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