The last episodes of the critically acclaimed BBC series LUTHER hit the small screen in December 2015. After well over a year of the uncertainty of the show’s future, the broadcasting company has ordered a fifth season with Idris Elba reprising his role as the titular homicide detective John Luther. The new four-part season is set to begin production in early 2018 for BBC and its North American counterpart BBC America.
Creator Neil Cross will also return to develop the new season after deciding with Elba that there was plenty of “unfinished business” with the character.
“We picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next. It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next,” Cross said in a statement.
Though it will be more than two years since the show was last on the air by the time Season 5 premieres, fans will undoubtedly be thrilled by the show’s return. It might seem like a long time for a show to be off the air and come back without being a revival or a sequel (although it’s nothing new for the way British television operates), but Luther as a series lends itself to diving back into its world, even after time spent away from it. Not to mention it’s always a delight to watch Elba stretch these acting muscles again.
After premiering in 2010, it’s since garnered seven Emmy nominations and won Elba a Golden Globe in 2012.
Marcus Wilson, Hilary Salmon, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff will executive produce the new season alongside Cross and Elba.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor