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It’s official. Luther will return to BBC America in 2015!

Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy-nominated Idris Elba makes a welcome return to BBC AMERICA in 2015 to reprise his role of DCI John Luther, the murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

The highly acclaimed London set crime mini-series is written and created by award-winning and Emmy-nominated writer Neil Cross. Luther is made by BBC Drama Production, co-produced with BBC AMERICA.

When asked about the much anticipated return of the hugely popular show, Cross said: “Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out.  We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.

Lutherwill return as a 2 x 60 event special and will film in and around London in March and will premiere later next year on BBC AMERICA.

Executive Producer is Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC Drama Production, England.

Luther is part of BBC AMERICA’s ground-breaking drama slate including Orphan BlackBroadchurchThe GameThe MusketeersRipper Street and upcoming titles Jonathan Strange & Mr NorrellTatauLondon Spy and The Last Kingdom. (x)


We’re posting the episode posters for the next four weeks of Doctor Who. Visit our blog for the rest.

Synopsis (SPOILER ALERT!):

Clara and the Doctor arrive at Caliburn House, a haunted mansion sat alone on a desolate moor. Within its walls, a ghost hunting Professor and a gifted psychic are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition appears throughout the history of the building, but is she really a ghost? And what is chasing her?

Episode credits: Written by Neil Cross and directed by Jamie Payne (The Hour, Call the Midwife).

Tonight’s Doctor Who was a true example of why I love the show. It’s a story that you couldn’t tell anywhere else. A cross-dimensional time-traveling gothic-horror romance? How often do you see those? (I’m sure that now, people are going to manage to find a whole list of examples, but hey.)

Throw in some very interesting three-dimensional characters (Of both genders! Hooray!) with believable motivations, interesting backstory, and interesting futurestory for that matter.

Then add twists that aren’t just “Hah, didn’t see that coming, got ya!” moments, but moments that make you reread the whole narrative in your head from a new perspective, and what you get is brilliant, unique TV.

Hurry back, Neil Cross, the show needs you.

(And is it just me, or was some of that a bit Mass Effectish?)

Series creator Neil Cross hopes to get the film made next year with Idris Elba.

“I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year,” said Cross. “Idris is a brilliant leading man and we’ve hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time. It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series.”

The Rings of Akhaten

We’re posting the episode posters for the next four weeks of Doctor Who. Visit our blog for the rest.

Synopsis (SPOILER ALERT!):

Clara wants to see something awesome, so the Doctor whisks her off to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten, where the Festival of Offerings is in full swing. Clara meets the young Queen of Years as the pilgrims and natives ready for the ceremony. But something is stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice will be demanded. 

Episode credits: Written by Neil Cross (Mama, Luther), directed by Farren Blackburn (Luther, The Fades) and produced by Denise Paul

  • (DEMO) Monks' Lullaby (from "Rings of Akhaten")
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  • DW Demos

By request, this is the original pre-production demo from the episode “The Rings of Akhaten” where I recorded Murray Gold’s music, and then this track was sent on to be learned by the actors. I recorded it around November of last year. As it’s the demo, the metronome along with just the bare bones of Murray’s score can be heard.

Murray gave me permission to show this to you guys, which was super cool of him, so props. Enjoy. xxxx

Monks’ Lullaby orig. demo (from “The Rings of Ahkaten”)

Lay down my warrior
Lay down my king
Sleep now eternal
Sleep my precious thing

Rest now my warrior
Rest now my king
Rest now your hardship is over


Sherlock&Alice - The Trailer


Neil Dawson (born 1948) is a prominent New Zealand sculptor. His best known works are large-scale civic pieces crafted from aluminium and stainless steel, often made using a lattice of natural forms which between them form a geometric whole.

Dawson’s sculpture is individual, unique and easy to recognise. In fact his sculptures flout convention in their lightness of feel, their transparency and their escape from the conventions of earthbound pedestal-based display.


BBC America Sets 9/3 For ‘Luther’ Return (4-Night TV Event, 2 Conflicting Crimes A New Love)

BBC America has announced that John Luther (played by Idris Elba), the near-genius, emotionally-impulsive detective tormented by humanity’s darker side, will be back on your TV screens onSeptember 3, at 10pm/9c, as part of its Dramaville hour, airing on 4 successive nights - September 3, 4, 5 & 6.

It’s not quite “binge-watching” a la Netflix; but in 4 back-to-back days, you’ll get to watch the entire season (there are 4 episodes, which is typical).

More details at IndieWire