Luther (2010–2019)
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Episode #1.1 

Luther returns to work after a traumatic arrest to investigate the murder of a former child genius's parents, and quickly deduces that their daughter is responsible. However he is unable to find evidence to convict.


Brian Kirk


Neil Cross, Neil Cross (creator)




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


Midway through the episode, when John goes to Zoe's house, she has a red door with 31 on it. At the end, when he goes back, she has a black door with 64 on it. See more »


DCI John Luther: [dead woman in bed] Sleeping pills, separate bedrooms, what does that tell you?
DS Justin Ripley: Husband snores?
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Referenced in Captain Sharif: Rendez-vous mortels (2015) See more »


Written by Dan Carey, Emiliana Torrini, Eg White and Jamie Catto
Performed by Emiliana Torrini
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User Reviews

Mind blowing.
3 February 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Now this is how to start a series!

John Luther is back to work, he's bullish and highly intelligent. He's called to investigate two brutal murders, only lead is daughter Alice, a highly intelligent young woman.

An hour of mind throbbing cat and mouse drama, the perfect cop meets the perfect criminal, both are charismatic, carefree and enormously charismatic. The story is good, with a degree of intrigue, the filming is smart, but it's the character play that's centre stage, not often you get a chemistry of actors that create viewing of this calibre. I can't pick a standout, Elba and Wilson are both fabulous.

It's no wonder people are desperate for the return of John Luther, watching these again has been a pleasure.


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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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