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A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

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...  DCI John Luther 21 episodes, 2010-2018
...  DSU Martin Schenk / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2018
...  Benny Silver / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2018
...  DS Justin Ripley 16 episodes, 2010-2015
...  Alice Morgan 11 episodes, 2010-2015
...  Mark North 9 episodes, 2010-2011
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A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

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


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Writer Neil Cross said that DCI John Luther is actually a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Columbo (1971); he takes the intelligence and ability to solve crimes from Holmes and the invert detective formula from Columbo. See more »

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DCI John Luther: Don't you ever worry that you're on the Devil's side without even knowing it?
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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #15.110 (2011) See more »

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Paradise Circus
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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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Interesting, compelling and absorbing
21 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Now I love detective series, and tuned in to Luther expecting something interesting. And did I get that? Yes I did and even more than that. It mayn't be the best programme ever, but over the past six weeks or so it was one of the better programmes airing.

The violence is shocking I agree, I admit I had to look away when a woman was abused in one episode. But it is not exactly happy families, the violence in Luther is gritty and suited the tone of the series well. The stories were well written, unpredictable and quite nail-biting and the writing is intelligent and fairly humorous in spots. The series is also strikingly filmed, with a dark edge to it and the direction is solid.

And the acting is very, very good, as they bring to life interesting characters who have flaws but we get to like them. For example, Luther is fairly unorthodox, but he is also troubled and dedicated so the character grows on you like the series. Idris Elba gives a charismatic lead performance, while Ruth Wilson almost steals the show from under him seamlessly as Alice and Steven Mackintosh is charming as DCI Reed. The villains are outlandish in their motives, but they do maintain interest too. Overall, Luther is a very interesting detective series, and also very compelling and absorbing. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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