Luther (2010– )
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Episode #4.1 

While on a leave of absence, Luther is suddenly dragged back into his former life in London to battle the demons of his past and to stop a cannibal serial killer.


Sam Miller


Neil Cross (created by), Neil Cross




Episode cast overview:
Idris Elba ... DCI John Luther
Warren Brown ... DS Justin Ripley
Joanna Croll ... Chloe Morley
John Heffernan ... Steven Rose
Darren Boyd ... DCI Theo Bloom
Rose Leslie ... DS Emma Lane
Laura Haddock ... Megan Cantor
Dermot Crowley ... DSU Martin Schenk
Michael Smiley ... DS Benny Silver
Michael Obiora ... Errol Minty
Simone James Simone James ... Mel Cornelius
Patrick Malahide ... George Cornelius
Charlotte Pyke ... Roberta Wise


Luther is informed of Alice Morgan's death, leading to his abduction of gangster George Cornelius, who is allegedly responsible for her murder. Soon afterwards he is called in by his boss Martin Schenk to help catch a serial killer who eats his victims' organs. All the victims had spy-ware installed by Steven Rose but when Luther leads a raid on Rose's house it is empty and Luther sees Rose escaping. Then a young woman brings him a message from Alice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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17 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The house that Luther was living in at during his leave is located at Seven Sisters, between Eastbourne & Seaford in East Sussex, England. This area location has also appeared in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire & numerous art works. See more »


At the end of season 3, Alice Morgan asks Luther to get rid of the coat. John throws his coat from a bridge in London to Thames. In season 4, with no apparent reference to this, the coat re-appears on John. See more »


[first lines]
DCI John Luther: So, now what?
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Paradise Circus
(Title Theme)
Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Hope Sandoval, Dan Brown and Stew Jackson
Performed by Massive Attack
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Luther is back in action.
12 July 2016 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

I was disappointed to find out Luther's fourth season had only two episodes, but a little bit of Luther is better than no Luther at all. The show itself hasn't missed a beat. The directing, the writing, the acting - it's all genuine and it's all excellent. You can immediately tell from the opening scenes, first with Luther reminiscing about old times with Ripley, and the subsequent sequence of the cannibal serial killer stalking his prey. It feels like classic Luther. It gives off that slasher movie vibe in the way the suspense builds; certain shots lingering uncomfortably long in one spot to give you a tingly sense of unease. It's expertly crafted, and part of what has always made the show so fantastic.

The focus of this episode, though, is on the apparent death of Alice Morgan. Luther, currently on leave in a reclusive hut, is visited by DCI Theo Bloom and DS Emma Lane, the new investigators in Schenk's unit. When Luther is told the news of Alice, he goes out on a crusade to find who was responsible for her death. Meanwhile, Bloom and Lane follow leads in the cannibal case. They're both likable enough characters, though they aren't given much development. This is another reason why season 4 would have benefited from more episodes, so we can develop more of a connection with these characters. Nevertheless, Luther is forced back into work due to egregious circumstances with the case, and that is when the episode really shines. The over-the-shoulder shot of Luther walking back into a crime scene with his trademark coat is one of the best moments of the series. Here he is, back again: the brilliant detective we know and love.

My biggest issue with the episode is Megan, a mysterious woman who for some reason is following Luther around. She's only in a couple scenes and nothing is established with her other than she's somehow connected to Luther and Alice. It's just another layer of feigned intrigue when there are far more interesting story lines that can be fleshed out. Also, the mysteries themselves aren't as captivating as in previous seasons. But as a whole, #4.1 is a great premiere. The lack of Ripley and Alice is noticeable, but Idris Elba continues to carry the show on his shoulders. The killer is one of the most depraved bastards to have been on the show, and that's saying something. His scenes make for some truly suspenseful and disturbing moments.

In short, Luther is back.

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