Luther is returning to the BBC.
Less than 24 hours after Fox handed out a put pilot commitment to a US take on the Idris Elba fronted crime drama, BBC One has announced that Luther will return with a pair of 60 minute specials, designed to wrap up the lingering storylines from the series proper.
Created by Neil Cross, Luther follows Detective Chief Investigator John Luther (Idris Elba), a near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons as he investigates major crimes for the Metropolitan Police Service. The show, which aired three seasons and 14 episodes on BBC One between 2010 and 2013, is produced in-house by BBC Drama Production.
The two new episodes will be penned by series creator Neil Cross, who will return as executive producer alongside BBC Drama Production, England’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff. Production is set to commence in and around London in March 2015, with the two specials slated to air on BBC One in late 2015. BBC America will co-produce and air the episodes state-side.
“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”, said Cross. “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.”