Luther (TV Series 2010–2019) - IMDb
DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

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Neil Cross
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5   4   3   2   1  
2019   2015   2013   2011   2010  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 66 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Idris Elba ...  DCI John Luther 21 episodes, 2010-2019
Dermot Crowley ...  DSU Martin Schenk / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2019
Michael Smiley ...  Benny Silver / ... 17 episodes, 2010-2019
Warren Brown ...  DS Justin Ripley 16 episodes, 2010-2015
Ruth Wilson ...  Alice Morgan 13 episodes, 2010-2019
Paul McGann ...  Mark North 11 episodes, 2010-2019
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John Luther is a police detective, and a very good one. He deals with murder cases, often involving serial killers, and has a knack for getting inside the mind of the killer. However, his methods, personality and troubled private life often get him into strife with his superiors, leading some to regard him as the problem rather than the solution. Written by grantss

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


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The first three series end with the same line of dialogue: "Now what?" See more »

Quotes

DCI John Luther: [observing a dead body] Look, it's a very specific look - the wig, the makeup. There's a bit of a Siouxsie and the Banshees thing going on here.
DS Justin Ripley: Who and the what?
DCI John Luther: '80s. Post-punk.
DS Justin Ripley: Oh, uh, goths.
DCI John Luther: Post-punk.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Manliest Men on TV (2017) See more »

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Paradise Circus
(Main title)
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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Crazy, unhinged, but great show
23 November 2010 | by cfisanickSee all my reviews

What's remarkable about "Luther" is how series creator Neil Cross takes a rag-tag bag of clichés--brilliant but damaged rogue cop, long-suffering boss, genius killer, etc.--and makes it all seem so fresh. Of course, having the fantastic Idris Elba helps immeasurably. He doesn't just act the part of Luther; he is Luther, fully inhabiting the role and moving like a force of nature through every scene. This is one of those rare times where you see an actor's innate intelligence and physicality used perfectly. (Watching Luther decompensate, as he does at various times over the story arc, is really something to see.) Elba is matched every step of the way by Ruth Wilson, playing a sort of female Hannibal Lector--brilliant, amoral, remorseless, scary, and, I daresay, sexy. She and Elba make quite a pair, and their interplay is priceless.

Finally, it's worth noting that this series, while ostensibly a cop show, has its own look and feel. It plays more like a beautifully filmed, weird morality play. (Cross makes the point that Luther believes in only two things, life and love, though the viewer will quickly see that, despite his damaged psyche and emotional baggage, he also ultimately believes in himself.) Some may think that it's just insane, far-fetched, and way over the top. (which it sometimes is if you look closely and cynically). But I think that it exudes a unique vibe. Take a look at the impressionistic opening credits with Massive Attack on the soundtrack, and you'll know right up front that this is something special.


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17 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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