Luther (2010–2018)
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DCI John Luther is still on the job - ex-wife Zoe's boyfriend Mark North doesn't pursue the assault charge - and he now investigates the murder of two police officers who were lured to site... See full summary »


Brian Kirk


Neil Cross (creator), Neil Cross

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Episode cast overview:
Geoffrey Lumb ... PC Steve Gorman
Sam Spruell ... Owen Lynch
Idris Elba ... DCI John Luther
Steven Mackintosh ... DCI Ian Reed
Saskia Reeves ... DSU Rose Teller
Paul McGann ... Mark North
Indira Varma ... Zoe Luther
Warren Brown ... DS Justin Ripley
Louise Rose ... Corrine Day
Ruth Wilson ... Alice Morgan
Anton Saunders ... Henry Madsen
Diveen Henry ... PC Jenny Hanson
Gary Shelford Gary Shelford ... PC Mardel
Sean Pertwee ... Terry Lynch


DCI John Luther is still on the job - ex-wife Zoe's boyfriend Mark North doesn't pursue the assault charge - and he now investigates the murder of two police officers who were lured to site by a 999 call and then shot. CCTV footage suggest that someone with a military bearing was in the area and it leads him to Owen Lynch, a former Royal Marine who was discharged due to psychological problems. His father Terry, also a formal Royal Marine, is in prison for having killed a police officer some 18 months before and Luther believes he's out for revenge. Meanwhile, Alice Morgan contacts Luther and lets him know that she has decided to investigate him. She also threatens Zoe. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

24 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?


When Alice tells Luther that anything bad that happened between them is in the past, Luther responds, "the past isn't dead. It's not even past." This is a close paraphrase of one of William Faulkner's best-known quotations ("The past is never dead. It's not even past"), originally from his 1951 book Requiem for a Nun. Two years after this episode aired, the Faulkner Estate sued Sony Pictures Entertainment for copyright infringement over another paraphrase of the line used in Woody Allen's 2011 movie Midnight in Paris; the estate lost that case on the grounds that the line constituted a small enough portion of the whole work to be considered fair use. See more »


Luther describes Terry Lynch as a decorated veteran. Lynch's uniform shows two campaign ribbons and the Royal Navy/Royal Marines Long Service and Good Conduct Medal; these are not decorations (gallantry awards). See more »


Alice Morgan: Don't worry; I concluded my investigation.
[looks at Luther]
Alice Morgan: I think I got the right man.
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References America's Next Top Model (2003) See more »


Written by Neil Codling and Brett Anderson
Performed by Suede (as The London Suede)
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A very strong episode.
5 February 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

After the intense, psychological battle between Luther and Alice in the opening episode, Luther must track down a cop killer. A much more action packed episode sees Luther use his brain to quickly work out who's behind it and why.

So often when a series debuts with such impact what follows can often disappoint, not so here, though not the intensity of the opener it's still gripping, compulsive viewing. A gripping story, coupled with strong performances, Sean Pertwee brilliantly cast, very sinister. Arguably Ruth Wilson dominates scenes once again, Alice is like a time bomb, you have no idea what she'll do next or to whom, a fascinating killer.

You need to suspend belief in one or two scenes, particularly the Russian Roulette scene, you ask yourself if that would really have played out that way.

Gripping. 8/10

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