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Luther – introduction


The line is easily crossed

Idris Elba stars in Neil Cross's first, thrilling, six-part series Luther, a dark psychological crime thriller that takes a bold new look at the detective genre on BBC One.

Elba, best known for his performance in the award-winning HBO series The Wire, playing drug kingpin Russell "Stringer" Bell, now finds himself on the other side of the law as John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Idris Elba is joined by an all-star cast – Ruth Wilson (Small Island, Jane Eyre) is Alice Morgan, beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent and a key witness in Luther's first investigation; Steven Mackintosh (Criminal Justice ) is Detective Chief Inspector Ian Reed, Luther's loyal friend and work colleague; Indira Varma (Rome) is Zoe Luther, who's had the strength to walk away from the man she still loves; Paul McGann (Withnail and I) is Mark North, unafraid to compete with Luther for Zoe's love; Saskia Reeves (Bodies) is Detective Superintendent (DSU) Rose Teller, Luther's risk-taking boss;, and Warren Brown (Occupation) is Detective Sergeant, Justin Ripley, Luther's loyal, awestruck new partner.

Creator and writer Neil Cross is an acclaimed suspense novelist (Burial, Captured) and was lead writer on two series of BBC One's Spooks.

"I'm delighted that BBC One is bringing Luther to life," he says. "It's an intense psychological thriller which examines not only human depravity but the complex nature of love … and how it's often this – our finest attribute – that leads us into darkness."

Luther was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, and Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One. The BBC executive producer is Phillippa Giles and the producer is Katie Swinden.

Luther is also being simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's high definition channel available through freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.


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