Episode 1

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Luther, Series 3 Episode 1 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

Luther returns to investigate a twisted fetishist who is murdering women in a horrific echo of an unsolved case from the 1980s. The team must put all their resources into finding the copycat killer, whose murderous spree has only just begun.

Luther's focus is divided when a reluctant Schenk assigns him to another case - a malicious internet tormentor has been found murdered in his home, with all his possessions stripped from the flat. With so many people wanting the tormentor dead, Luther needs to apply brute force to a key witness for more information, unaware that every move he makes is being watched...

Pulled in every direction, Luther's patience is wearing thin and a car crash as he rushes to the second crime scene is the last thing he needs - or so he thinks, until he sets eyes on the beautiful Mary Day. Could this chance encounter mean that Luther might just be on the verge of finding love?

But nothing ever comes easily for John Luther and other forces are at work against him, in the shape of Erin Gray, now a DCI in anti-corruption, and her boss, DSU Stark. Stark and Gray will stop at nothing to punish those who work outside the perimeters of the law and their furtive plan involves the man who is Luther's colleague and best friend - DSU Justin Ripley.

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DCI John Luther
Idris Elba
DS Justin Ripley
Warren Brown
Mary Day
Sienna Guillory
DSU George Stark
David O'Hara
DCI Erin Gray
Nikki Amuka-Bird
DSU Martin Schenk
Dermot Crowley
Benny Deadhead
Michael Smiley
Emily Hammond
Rachel Hankey
Paul Ellis
Kevin Fuller
Sean 'Beanie' Beamish
Shaun Mason
Ken Barnaby
Lucian Msamati
Tessa Barnaby
Maria Miles
Dani Lane
Sasha Behar
Craig Lane
Selva Rasalingam
Claire Bennett
Sam Miller
Neil Cross
Executive Producer
Phillippa Giles


Video: What is a good Luther?

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Video interview: Idris Elba


Idris talks about the challenges of playing John Luther in series 3.

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George Stark

DSU Stark will stop at nothing to ensure Luther answers for his past.

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