The BBC has turned out top-notch crime dramas for decades, and starting October 17, U.S. viewers will get to see the next one: Luther, which stars Idris Elba (The Wire) as the titular detective working from a script by Neil Cross (Spooks/MI-5). That pedigree alone makes it worth a look, but Luther also presents a darkly engaging narrative that is sure to leave viewers wanting more.
From the release by BBC America: Luther is a gripping psychological thriller driven by a brilliant and emotionally impulsive detective. A self-destructive near-genius, Luther might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. In each episode, the murderer's identity is known from the start, focusing the drama on the psychological duel between predator and prey.Â It's a novel approach for a crime drama that should allow for great character development, the likes of which aren't normally seen on television today.
The series will follow John Luther as he's drawn deeper into a series of horrific murders, and the shadow of a former case threatens to bring him down. Forced to face his own capacity for violence - he struggles with why his wife left him and what draws him to Alice. As the stakes get higher and more personal, Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation. Is he a force for good or a man hell bent on self-destruction?Â
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