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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)

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?)
Luther film in development with Idris Elba

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.”

  • (DEMO) Monks' Lullaby (from "Rings of Akhaten")
  • Halia Meguid
  • 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


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


So I see they’ve killed the music and turned up the house lights; I suppose that means it’s time to grab our coats and head home our separate ways. 

But I thought I’d step out of the wardrobe for a couple of seconds — just long enough to say: My name’s Neil. I write Luther. 

I wanted to thank you for being such an amazing part of it all. Our show means the world to us. And so do you.

But one last thing. Originally, I’d hoped to begin the final episode with a flashback featuring dear, dead Justin Ripley. (I know. I miss him, too.) It was one of my favourite scenes of the series, but for one reason or another we didn’t shoot it.

However, for the die-hards out there — and there must be a couple of you, right? — here’s a graphic interpretation of that lost scene. 

I have to admit, I choked up a little when I read it. Because — well, goodbyes always make me tearful.

So anyway. That’s it, then.


Thanks for coming. Be good to each other. And lock your doors.


Neil Cross and Team Luther.
Idris Elba will return to Luther for a two-part BBC1 special next year

Luther fans can breathe a sigh of relief – the drama will be returning to BBC1 with a two-part special next year, the BBC has confirmed.

The special will pick up the story from the jaw-dropping conclusion to the last (third) series which aired back in July 2013. It showed Luther and the narcissistic killer and obsessive Alice (Ruth Wilson) strolling across Southwark Bridge together after another action-packed adventure which saw the death of Luther’s partner and best friend Justin Ripley (Warren Brown).

Help I'm falling in love with Clara

Because I’ve never felt more like a specific companion in my LIFE.

I’d totally be terrified and try to hide it from the Doctor.

I’d think everything was a test and be anxious about passing.

I’d be completely gung-ho until I realized I could die.

I started off feeling like Clara was too exaggerated and inhuman and abstract when she’s actually one of the most human companions ever to companion.

(Also um can Neil Cross take over permanently because MAN.)


Show Me the Stars

A selection of “astronaut” artworks

1- Jeremy Geddes - White Cosmonaut (2009) - Oil on board

2- Scott Listfield - My God, It’s Full of Stars (2014) - Oil on canvas

3- Jack Crossing - 6th Avenue (2011) - Photography

4- Ken Hermann - Crash Landed Series - Photography

5- Neil Dacosta - Astronaut Suicides - Photography