It’s T minus 13.25 hours until Idris Elba returns to US telly as the iconic Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the highly-anticipated two-part Luther special event drama.
Nine PM Eastern time cannot get here soon enough.
Said Golden Globe® winner and Primetime Emmy® nominee Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation, Star Trek Beyond) about Luther’s challenges and return to the Bullpen:
“I think there were bigger challenges when he lost his wife and his best friend…. That was a huge pinnacle and something that it took him a long time to get over. And in this [special] there is something similar that happens to him that is definitely traumatic.
“I think Luther goes back just because he can’t stay away from it for too long. Ultimately, because he’s a protector, [he] just wants to be able to fix what he can see [that] other people won’t be able to …”
The self-destructive, Teflon®-tough, near-genius detective is breakable. In the opener of the special, he’s on a leave of absence from the police force, holed up in a rundown cottage well away from London and his colleagues, struggling to cope with the demons that haunt him following the losses he’s experienced.
But where is serial killer and unlikely friend Alice Morgan?
They’re there to give Luther a shocking piece of news, one that ultimately draws him back to London in search of the truth.
Meanwhile, a gruesome cannibalistic serial killer is murdering people across the capital city and eating his victims’ body parts from one crime scene to the next.
Following the trail of clues left by the killer, Detective Superintendent Unit Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley, The Lady in the Van, Babel) and his team, including computer whiz Benny Silver (Michael Smiley, Bleak House, Wire in the Blood), must work out the twisted logic that connects each victim.
But the murdering mastermind is more than a match for Schenk’s detectives, outsmarting them at every step.
So it isn’t long before Luther leaves the cottage and returns triumphantly to the Bullpen, determined to capture the killer before another mutilated body joins the mounting pile.
But Luther, a cop who’s tapped into the dark recesses of his mind in order to capture London’s most depraved criminals, is dogged at every turn by ghosts from his past.
Isolated, volatile, and working once again on the edge of law enforcement, it will take every fiber of his being to both keep himself together and catch the serial killer.
Written and created by Emmy®-nominated Neil Cross (MI-5) and directed by Sam Miller (Fortitude), the Luther special also stars Laura Haddock (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Megan Cantor, a mysterious woman from Luther’s past, John Heffernan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) as the sadistic cannibal Steven Rose, and Patrick Malahide (Indian Summers) as old school gangster George Cornelius.
While UK viewers were treated to the cliffhanger of a first episode on BBC One this past Tuesday, US fans of the hit crime drama will get to watch it and the conclusion tonight, Thursday, 17 December 2015, when the gripping Luther special event drama premieres at 9 PM ET on BBC America.
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