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DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

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Neil Cross
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Idris Elba ...  DCI John Luther 21 episodes, 2010-2019
Dermot Crowley ...  DSU Martin Schenk / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2019
Michael Smiley ...  Benny Silver / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2019
Warren Brown ...  DS Justin Ripley 16 episodes, 2010-2015
Ruth Wilson ...  Alice Morgan 15 episodes, 2010-2019
Paul McGann ...  Mark North 11 episodes, 2010-2019
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DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What if you were on the Devil's side without knowing it?


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Over the 5 seasons Luther drives 4 different Volvos although 2 have the same registration plate. See more »

Quotes

DCI John Luther: [observing a dead body] Look, it's a very specific look - the wig, the makeup. There's a bit of a Siouxsie and the Banshees thing going on here.
DS Justin Ripley: Who and the what?
DCI John Luther: '80s. Post-punk.
DS Justin Ripley: Oh, uh, goths.
DCI John Luther: Post-punk.
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 18 May 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Paradise Circus
(Main title)
Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Hope Sandoval, Dan Brown (as Daniel Jonathan Brown) and Stew Jackson (as Stewart Neville Jackson)
Performed by Massive Attack
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Crazy, unhinged, but great show
23 November 2010 | by cfisanickSee all my reviews

What's remarkable about "Luther" is how series creator Neil Cross takes a rag-tag bag of clichés--brilliant but damaged rogue cop, long-suffering boss, genius killer, etc.--and makes it all seem so fresh. Of course, having the fantastic Idris Elba helps immeasurably. He doesn't just act the part of Luther; he is Luther, fully inhabiting the role and moving like a force of nature through every scene. This is one of those rare times where you see an actor's innate intelligence and physicality used perfectly. (Watching Luther decompensate, as he does at various times over the story arc, is really something to see.) Elba is matched every step of the way by Ruth Wilson, playing a sort of female Hannibal Lector--brilliant, amoral, remorseless, scary, and, I daresay, sexy. She and Elba make quite a pair, and their interplay is priceless.

Finally, it's worth noting that this series, while ostensibly a cop show, has its own look and feel. It plays more like a beautifully filmed, weird morality play. (Cross makes the point that Luther believes in only two things, life and love, though the viewer will quickly see that, despite his damaged psyche and emotional baggage, he also ultimately believes in himself.) Some may think that it's just insane, far-fetched, and way over the top. (which it sometimes is if you look closely and cynically). But I think that it exudes a unique vibe. Take a look at the impressionistic opening credits with Massive Attack on the soundtrack, and you'll know right up front that this is something special.


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