Anger translator Luther joins President Obama at the WHCD

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)


Laughed. SO. HARD.

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner - Obama’s Anger Translator - Luther


Obit of the Day: Creator of “Luther”

In 1968, Brumsic Brandon, Jr. created something new. An editorial cartoonist for several years, Mr. Brandon decided to develop a daily strip that focused on the lives of black children in an inner city environment. (Other strips that were predominantly black like Morrie Turner’s “Wee Folks” were set in middle class neighborhoods.) Through the strip, Mr. Brandon was able to provide a touching, funny, and often, biting commentary on the urban experience in America.

“Luther” premiered in New York Newsday and their syndicated papers at the time that newspapers were trying to diversify their comics pages, often in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for whom Br. Brandon named his title character.

There were six regular characters in the strip, including the titular Luther: Hardcore, Oreo, Mary Frances, Pee Wee, Lily (the lone white character), and their teacher Miss Backlash, who was often mentioned but never seen. Like “The Boondocks” and “Calvin and Hobbes,” the children as illustrated by Mr. Brandon gave him a freedom to comment on serious issues like racism and economic hardship but softened by childlike innocence and humor.

In 1970, Mr. Brandon’s cartoon was syndicated nationally by the Times-Mirror and appeared in hundreds of newspapers. The comic would run for a total of 17 years finally ending in 1986. After drawing his last strip, Mr. Brandon’s legacy was continued by his daughter, Barbara Brandon-Croft, who became the first nationally syndicated black female cartoonist with her strip, “Where I’m Coming From,” which ran from 1986 until 2005.

Brumsic Brandon, Jr. died on November 28, 2014 at the age of 83.

Sources: NY Times, Lambiek Comiclopedia, and Wikipedia

(All cartoons are copyright of Brumsic Brandon and the Tribune Media Group and courtesy of Wikimedia, LambiekComiclopedia, and

Also relevant on Obit of the Day:

Morrie Turner - Creator of “Wee Pals,” a predecessor of Mr. Brandon’s