Idris Elba is Bringing ‘Luther’ Back with Season 5 of the Popular BBC Series

British import Idris Elba will once again be reprising his role as John Luther, a London homicide detective, in the BBC series Luther. Variety reports that a new four-part installment will be added, giving the show a series five, or season 5 as it’s called in American television. The most recent collection of episodes aired in December 2015 and was compromised of two parts.

The creator of Luther, Neil Cross, will be leading production, which is slated to begin early 2018 for both BBC and BBC America.

“Because we love John and wonder what he’s up to… In the end, we picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next,” creator Cross said in a statement. “It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next.”

Elba chimed in with his own excitement about continuing his work with the show, “I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”

Luther centers around John Luther, Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) and his work with the Serious Crime Unit in series one (season 1) and the Serious and Serial Crime Unit in the subsequent series two (season 2) and series three (season 3). Luther is a flawed character, dedicated but obsessed and sometimes violent. His job always comes first, which is a blessing, but becomes a curse as he struggles to keep from being consumed by the crimes he solves.

Since its start, Luther has earned seven Emmy nominations, while Elba has won a Golden Globe for lead actor in a miniseries or movie in 2012 for his work on the show.

In addition to his work as the show’s lead, Elba will also be putting in work behind the camera, acting as an executive producer. In the meantime, in between time, if you can’t get enough of Mr. Elba, catch him in this year’s Thor: Ragnarok and Molly’s Game.

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