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Filming begins on Luther series 5

‘It’s good to be back in London, back in the coat.’ – Idris Elba

Filming has begun on Luther series 5 which will see Idris Elba return to his iconic role as DCI John Luther.

Ever since Luther series 4 aired at the end of 2015, we’ve been desperate to know what’s in store for John Luther. Now it seems we won’t have much longer to wait!

Created by Emmy-nominated writer Neil Cross and produced by BBC Studios, the new four-part series will see Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Patrick Malahide return as DSU Martin Schenk, Benny Silver and George Cornelius, and Wunmi Mosaku – who won a Bafta for her performance in BBC One’s Damilola, Our Loved Boy in 2017 – will join as new recruit DS Catherine Halliday.

‘I’m scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who’s going to stop them, if not John Luther?’ – Neil Cross

When the moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare, DCI John Luther must once again confront the depths of human depravity.

As a series of monstrous killings becomes ever more audacious, Luther and new recruit DS Catherine Halliday are confounded by a tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an unspeakable horror. But even as the case brings him closer than ever to the nature of true evil, a reluctant Luther must also face the ghosts of his own past. Striding back into the line of fire, he must choose who to protect – and who to sacrifice.

Whatever his next move, it will have devastating consequences for those around him – and will change John Luther forever.

Neil Cross explained, ‘We missed John Luther. We missed some old friends. And we wanted to make the biggest, scariest, darkest, most thrilling series of Luther there’s ever been. So that’s what we’ve come back to do.’

‘It’s fantastic to have Idris Elba and the team back filming in London and we are thrilled that the exceptional Wunmi Mosaku will be returning to BBC One to join this already stellar cast. Neil Cross’ scripts for this fifth series of Luther are explosive and fans won’t be disappointed,’ added Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama.

Hilary Salmon, Executive Producer for BBC Studios, commented, ‘There aren’t many shows where the first day of filming feels like an event but Luther is certainly one of them. Thrilled to be in production with a new series of the show that has set the bar in terms of British television crime drama.’

Luther series 5 has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore for BBC One, and is produced by BBC Studios and co-produced with BBC America. Executive producers are Idris Elba for Green Door Pictures, Neil Cross, Marcus Wilson and Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.

The series will be produced by Derek Ritchie (Class, Doctor Who) and directed by Jamie Payne (The Alienist, White Princess).

We can’t wait – more news when we have it!

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