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LUTHER: Season 1

Idris Elba as DCI John Luther.
Courtesy of Kerry Brown/ © BBC 2010
Idris Elba as DCI John Luther.

Airs Fridays, Feb. 5 - March 4, 2016 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Idris Elba stars as maverick Detective John Luther in this gripping, smart and entertaining thriller. A detective working for London's Serious Crime Unit, Luther is a dedicated policeman, an inspired maker of connections and a whirlwind genius. He is dazzling, obsessive and sometimes dangerous in the violence of his fixations. Throughout the series, Luther faces a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted, predator and prey. But as the stakes get ever higher and more personal, Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation.


Congrats To Idris Elba!

Idris Elba won a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as DCI John Luther on Jan. 17, 2016. He also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Male Actor in a Supporting Role in the film, "Beasts of No Nation," and Male Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie, for his role in LUTHER.

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Episode 1 airs Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 p.m. - DCI John Luther returns to work after a spell of leave following the traumatic arrest of the serial killer Henry Madsen. Luther's first case is investigating the murder of the parents of child genius, Alice Morgan. He quickly deduces that Alice is responsible for the deaths, but the seemingly perfect crime leaves no evidence with which to convict her.


Episode 2 airs Friday, Feb. 5 at 11 p.m. - Luther must out manoeuvre a trained sniper on a mission to kill police officers. But as the body count rises, he has to uncover the killer's true motives. Meanwhile, Alice has been investigating Luther and to his horror, seems to know what happened to Madsen during his arrest. She baits him further by asking what Zoe would think if she knew the truth.

Episode 3 airs Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. - Kirsten Ross, a young mother, has been abducted. Luther realises that this is the work of Lucien Burgess, a collector and writer of the occult, who was suspected of the murder of another woman, Grace Allen, 10 years previously; but Burgess was never charged.

Episode 4 airs Friday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. - When a serial killer goes on the rampage, Luther must put his personal life aside and delve inside the murderer's mind to discover what is driving him to kill so many girls, and why. Meanwhile, serial killer Henry Madsen, the man responsible for Luther's extended leave, has woken up from his coma. Because of Madsen, it's too dangerous for Luther to see Alice any more, but can she ever accept this?

Episode 5 airs Friday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. - When an art dealer's wife is taken hostage at gunpoint, Luther leads a tense investigation. The hostage takers want payment in diamonds so, stalling for time, Luther substitutes a bag of replacement diamonds from the Serious Crime Unit's evidence safe. Luther and DCI Reed are on hand to arrest the gang members picking up the gems, but when everything starts to unravel Luther begins to suspect that even Reed has double-crossed him.

Episode 6 airs Friday, March 4 at 10 p.m. - Framed for murder, the only person DCI John Luther can turn to for help is Alice. DCI Reed remains at the heart of the police team, quietly shoring up the evidence against Luther from within. Even Rose Teller, Luther's former stalwart supporter, now leans on Reed for emotional support. To have any chance of escaping Reed's web of lies Luther must steal the evidence and discredit him. But can Alice really be trusted?


A BBC/BBC America co-production. The LUTHER series is on Facebook.

LUTHER - Episode 1: Extended Inside Look
LUTHER - Episode 2 Sneak Peek
LUTHER - Episode 3 Sneak Peek
LUTHER: Series Trailer
Do you believe in Evil? - Alice & Luther