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Idris Elba to Return as Luther in New Supersized Special to Air This December

Near Three-Hour Long Episode to Air on BBC America December 17

Nov 05, 2015
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BBC America have announced that Idris Elba is to return to one of his signature roles, as London Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in a new special episode that will air on December 17 at 9 PM EST. It will be a supersized one-off episode of Luther that will be nearly three hours long. Luther creator Neil Cross has written the episode, which has been directed by Sam Miller. Rose Leslie of Game of Thrones is one of the guest stars, playing DS Emma Jones. In the episode Luther has taken a break from the police force after the tragic events of previous seasons that left his wife and best friend dead. But he returns to track a cannibalistic serial killer.

A press release describes the episode: "This time we find Luther on a leave of absence from the police force, laying low in a rundown cottage.  A visit from colleagues, Detective Chief Inspector Theo Bloom (Darren Boyd, Veep, The World's End) and Detective Sergeant Emma Lane (Rose Leslie, The Last Witch Hunter, Game of Thrones) brings a shocking piece of news that draws him back to London in search of the truth. At the same time, a gruesome cannibalistic serial killer has struck the city, eating body parts as he goes. With a trail of clues leading from one crime scene to the next, Detective Superintendent Unit Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley, Babel, Bleak House) and his team must work out the twisted logic that connects each victim. But this murdering mastermind is more than a match for Schenk's police, outsmarting them at every step. It's not long before Luthermakes his triumphant return to the Bullpen, determined to capture the killer before another mutilated body joins the mounting pile.  But he's dogged at every turn by ghosts from his past. Isolated and volatile, it will take every fiber of Luther's being to keep it together."

Elba commented on the episode in the same press release: "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."


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