Luther is a British psychological crime drama television series starring Idris Elba as the title character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. A first series of six episodes (Series One) was broadcast on BBC One from May 4 to June 8, 2010. The second series of four episodes (series Two) was shown on BBC One in summer 2011. The second series is set to debut on BBC America in September.
Idris Elba’s “Stringer Bell” was my favorite character on The Wire (you can read more about that here), owing much to the performance of Mr. Elba. As much as I thought his performance as Stringer was very good, his performance as DCI Luther was outstanding!
A personal pet peeve of mine is a lot of foreign actors getting major roles in American television and film, well maybe the American actors need to step their game up because the British actors on Luther were for the most part excellent. Of particular excellence was Ruth Wilson (pictured below) as Alice Morgan.
|Idris Elba as DCI Luther and Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan|
Any fan of really good police drama should see this show!
Finally saw Series Two and short and sweet, at only four episodes, it was equally excellent. Again I’m not going to mention anything in particular just to say it lived up to the first series and a personal delight of mine was to see another person of color in the police squad room with DCI Luther.
The new character is Det Sgt Erin Gray played by Nikki Amuka-Bird (pictured below)
But what about Luther and Alice?
Luther (Idris Elba) and Alice (Ruth Wilson) in Series Two
January 15, 2012
Idris Elba won the 2012 Golden Globe for performance in the BBC miniseries Luther. He won for his portrayal of John Luther in the Best Actor/Miniseries category.
This is the second Golden Globe nomination for Idris Elba who was also nominated in 2011 for Luther
Series Three is now filming. read more about it here
The Wire-My Favorite Season
August 18, 2011 Interview with Idris Elba here
Luther Official Web Page