Luther (2010–2016)
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Emily Hammond is killed in her flat by a fetishist who makes up and wigs her corpse,the slaying recalling the murders thirty years earlier by a serial killer the Shoreditch Creeper,who had ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rachel Hankey ...
Emily Hammond
Kevin Fuller ...
Paul Ellis
Shaun Mason ...
Sean 'Beanie' Beamish
Maria Miles ...
Tessa Barnaby
Sasha Behar ...
Dani Lane


Emily Hammond is killed in her flat by a fetishist who makes up and wigs her corpse,the slaying recalling the murders thirty years earlier by a serial killer the Shoreditch Creeper,who had connections with Emily's house. At the same time Ripley is introduced by embittered Erin Gray to creepy,'unretired' superintendent Stark, anxious to nail Luther for killing people who eluded justice and taking the law into his own hands. Stark and Gray put a wire on Ripley as he and Luther investigate the apparently ritual murder of obscene Internet troll Jared Cass. Prime suspect is Ken Barnaby, who was plagued by Cass with taunts over his dead daughter but Luther feels sorry for him,warning him of likely arrest which spurs Ken to take extreme action. Luther finds romance with Mary Day after they literally bump into each other in a traffic prang but the killer strikes again,murdering Dani Lane, who was Emily's baby-sitter in the 1980s, and her husband. Written by don @ minifie-1

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3 September 2013 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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DSU George Stark: DCI Luther will be taking on a case of a waste of semen called Jared Cass.
DS Justin Ripley: It was you. You had him assigned to the Jared Cass murder.
DSU George Stark: I want to know exactly how he handles that investigation. And I mean every move by move, breath by breath. If he breaks the law, I want his head on a stick.
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Terrible Episode to a Great Show
10 January 2016 | by (United States of America) – See all my reviews

I give this a 3 of 10 solely for it's development of the over-arcing themes. Though the man coming back from retirement to watch him solve a case he had already solved is - in itself - legally unethical -- and the viewers are supposed to believe this man to be a paragon of justice, unencumbered by contradictions such as these. That part is silly. If you can overlook that, then the over-arcing themes are decent enough. Here's where it gets to be painfully bad television: The final victim is going to call the police when she thought she heard a cat in the attic (who would do that? also, her phone was quite literally in hand), then when it becomes obvious that there is an attacker upstairs murdering her lover; she puts the phone down without calling the police and hides in the only hallway closet while gasping loudly instead of running outside and making enough noise for neighbours to hear and get eyes on her... I felt like I was watching a parody of a bad 90's Scream film. Whoever wrote the script for this episode either needs to be sacked or have their assistants who wrote it for them sacked. If I hadn't seen good episodes of this show beforehand, I would probably never watch another after seeing this one.

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