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Luther: Idris Elba is returning for new season

The four-part season will explore what’s next for DCI John Luther

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Luther will return to BBC America in a new four-part season with Idris Elba back in the titular role, the network announced Monday.

After last year’s two-episode fourth cycle, Elba and creator Neil Cross will reunite to find out what’s next for DCI John Luther. The show will begin filming early next year, with a premiere date to be announced at a later time.

“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,” said Elba, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the inspector, in a statement. “I look forward to putting the coat back on.”

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“Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot,” said Cross. “What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London? It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know. So much unfinished business.”

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He continued: “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?”

Cross also explained the genesis of the show’s return, saying, “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. Now what? Luther’s coming back. That’s what.”

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