Luther is returning to television. Close to two years after the two-episode fourth season aired, BBC One has pulled the trigger and renewed the series for another season. Four episodes have been ordered for the show’s fifth season.
Series creator Neil Cross is penning the scripts for the new episodes, while Idris Elba is on-board to reprise his iconic role. “Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together”, Elba said in a statement. “I look forward to putting the coat back on.”
“Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot”, Neill Cross added. “The thing is, we’ve been asking ourselves the same question. Because we love John and wonder what he’s up to. And as for me, 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? In the end, we picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next. It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next”.
The show’s fifth season was commissioned for the BBC by Controller Of Drama Piers Wenger and Director Of Content Charlotte Moore. It is set up at BBC Studios and is set to start filming early next year. BBC America are co-producing and will air season five in the United States. The executive producers are Idris Elba and Neil Cross, Marcus Wilson and Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC. “Luther is one of BBC One’s most iconic dramas and we’re thrilled that Idris Elba is reprising his role as John Luther”, Wenger said. “Neil Cross’ plans for his return promise some big surprises and what will turn out to be an utterly heart stopping and unmissable fifth series.”