Luther (2010–2018)
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The police have a serial killer on a murder spree numbering three victims in the last month. The frequency of his killing is increasing rapidly. The killer has been keeping mementos of his ... See full summary »


Sam Miller


Neil Cross, Neil Cross (creator)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Jarvis ... Graham Shand
Idris Elba ... DCI John Luther
Steven Mackintosh ... DCI Ian Reed
Warren Brown ... DS Justin Ripley
Saskia Reeves ... DSU Rose Teller
Michael Smiley ... Benny Silver
Dermot Crowley ... DCI Martin Schenk
Anton Saunders ... Henry Madsen
Ruth Wilson ... Alice Morgan
Nicola Walker ... Linda Shand
Indira Varma ... Zoe Luther
Paul McGann ... Mark North
Johann Myers ... Dennis Keaton (as Johann Meyer)
Stacey Sampson Stacey Sampson ... Claire Weldon
Okorie Chukwu Okorie Chukwu ... PC Alistair Fulford


The police have a serial killer on a murder spree numbering three victims in the last month. The frequency of his killing is increasing rapidly. The killer has been keeping mementos of his victims, jewelry that he's been giving to his wife. The women were all strangled and Luther correctly concludes there can be only one explanation for why attractive young women would get into a car with a stranger: he's a taxi driver. The theory is right, but the police arrest the wrong man and realize that getting him will not be simple. Meanwhile, Henry Manson, the man Luther may have beaten into a coma has woken up. He tells Alice Morgan of his dilemma and she decides to take action. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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DS Justin Ripley: [enters to see Luther surrounded by a ring of photos on the floor] What's all this?
DCI John Luther: Decoupage, a cut-up technique. Take a bit of text, cut it up, randomize it, make new text. See new patterns...
DS Justin Ripley: Where'd you learn this?
DCI John Luther: David Bowie. It's how he wrote his lyrics.
DS Justin Ripley: You a fan?
DCI John Luther: Don't I look like a fan?
DS Justin Ripley: Well, songs a bit like "Aliens" & that...
DCI John Luther: There's a bit more to him than "Aliens"; I'll make you a tape.
DS Justin Ripley: A... a what? Sorry, I...
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References The Basil Brush Show (1968) See more »


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Too Violent
23 January 2016 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

One of the most violent episodes I ever watched in any series.

A man is killing women that are walking alone at night. He steals things from them and goes through their pocketbook.

In the episode it shows women that were killed all bloody and laying on the ground.

He steals the necklace off one of the dead women and gives it to his wife as a birthday present. She loves it and does not know it was stolen from a woman he killed. The violence started against other women because he read text on his wife's phone that she was cheating on him.

This shows how violent the man was even hitting his own head against a wall, stabbing a door to get a victim, punching a bathroom door and killing a man and wrapping him up in plastic.

This episode is disgusting and I don't understand who Luther is but he is a cop with problems.

Save yourself the trouble. No wonder so many nutters are out there programs teach them how to kill and get a kick out of the rage.

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