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A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

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 DCI John Luther (21 episodes, 2010-2018)
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 DS Justin Ripley (16 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 DSU Martin Schenk / ... (13 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Benny Silver / ... (13 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Alice Morgan (11 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Mark North (9 episodes, 2010-2011)
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A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

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What if you were on the Devil's side without knowing it?


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Writer Neil Cross said that DCI John Luther is actually a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Columbo (1971); he takes the intelligence and ability to solve crimes from Holmes and the invert detective formula from Columbo. See more »

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DSU Martin Schenk: I know men like you the way you know men like me, and I know you wouldn't have done this if you believed there was the least chance of it coming back on you. Well, guess what: it's come back on you like the Hand of God, and the next words from your mouth will determine the weight and velocity of the staggering tonnage of shit that's about to plummet onto your head.
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Remade as Luther See more »

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Paradise Circus
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(uncredited)
Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Hope Sandoval, Daniel Jonathan Brown and Stewart Neville Jackson
Performed by Massive Attack
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Wow, stumbled upon this show by chance but I'm very grateful I did
11 June 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Let me be clear, I despise police or detective shows. It just doesn't do it for me. They throw in a new criminal each episode to fill up most of the time and add a little bit of main story progression at the very end of the episode, leaving it to the season finale to wrap things up in ONE good episode.

Luther does not do this. Luther is a ride that relentlessly takes you through a thick plot. The story is compelling and realistic. The acting is of class (I really like Idris Elba). The music choice at certain parts of the show is so fitting that a smile makes its way on my face amidst the gruesome storyline. I just think this show is spectacular.

I understand that for a lot of viewers, certain scenes of this show are difficult to watch. I consider myself capable of handling some pretty nasty stuff, but some parts even got to me. I applaud this show for being the first one in many years to give me that effect.

I would recommend this show to anyone. I truly hope it continues.


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