Luther (2010–2018)
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Episode #1.1 

After a 7 month suspension, DCI John Luther returns to duty. With the assistance of DS Justin Ripley, he investigates a home invasion that resulted in the murders of Douglas and Laura ... See full summary »


Brian Kirk


Neil Cross, Neil Cross (creator)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Anton Saunders ... Henry Madsen
Idris Elba ... DCI John Luther
Steven Mackintosh ... DCI Ian Reed
Saskia Reeves ... DSU Rose Teller
Ruth Wilson ... Alice Morgan
Indira Varma ... Zoe Luther
Paul McGann ... Mark North
Warren Brown ... DS Justin Ripley
Matthew Marsh ... DCSU Russell Cornish


After a 7 month suspension, DCI John Luther returns to duty. With the assistance of DS Justin Ripley, he investigates a home invasion that resulted in the murders of Douglas and Laura Morgan who were found by their daughter Alice. After questioning her, Luther is convinced that she killed her parents and as much as tells her so. He has no physical evidence however and the police have not been able to find the gun. Alice is highly intelligent and is quite prepared to play psychological games with him. Luther meanwhile tries to repair his relationship with his wife Zoe from who he has been separated. She has met someone and has begun a new relationship news that doesn't go down very well. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 October 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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Did You Know?


The first scene in this episode is the last scene in the Neil Cross book 'the calling' See more »


(at around 1 min) During the conversation on the bridge, Alice's hair alternates between on her face and not on her face, depending on the camera angle. See more »


DCI John Luther: There was no evidence of an intruder.
Alice Morgan: But absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.
DCI John Luther: I know, I'm making a leap. It's a little leap, though. It's more of a hop.
Alice Morgan: Is this where you ask me if I hated my parents?
DCI John Luther: It is about that time, yes.
Alice Morgan: Did they make me a freak? Yes. Did I hate them? Absolutely. Did I kill them? No.
DCI John Luther: Can you prove that?
Alice Morgan: I can't prove a negative. Can't be done.
DCI John Luther: Innocence is a negative. It's the absence of guilt.
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References Five Million Years to Earth (1967) See more »


Paradise Circus
(Title Theme)
Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Hope Sandoval, Dan Brown and Stew Jackson
Performed by Massive Attack
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He's Paranoid and an Abuser
2 September 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I'll give this a second shot because it has been set up nicely. I had trouble with the main character because of his volatility and his propensity for abuse, especially against his wife. If he were on my police force, he would have been gone for good. But TV shows aren't always played according to the realities of the day. The case he is working on is interesting. After a seven month suspension, he returns to duty to investigate a case where three family members have been murdered. The suspect, a daughter with a genius IQ pretty much admits doing it, but she wants to spar with Luther, to defeat him in intellect. She is created as quite a foe. The stuff that bothered me is his entrance into his home where he kicks in the door and frightens his wife after telling her he is fine now. If this is the way it goes each episode, the second one will be my last.

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