What time does Luther start tonight and who’s in the cast with Idris Elba?
1st January 2019

The detective drama sees Idris Elba star as gritty London cop John Luther. Here's all the important info for series five.

When does Luther series five start on the BBC?

There is good news for Luther fans as there will be FOUR episodes – the last series saw just two.

The gripping drama will return to TV on New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 9m on BBC One.

After it has aired you will be able to watch it on the BBC iPlayer.

Who's in the cast of Luther series 5?

The show has a star cast:

  • Idris Elba as John Luther
  • Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan –  despite being killed off-screen
  • Hermione Norris (character unknown)
  • Wunmi Mosaku as D.S. Catherine Halliday.
  • Dermot Crowley as DSU Martin Schenk
  • Michael Smiley as Benny Silver
  • Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius
  • Paul McGann as Mark Noth

What will happen on series 5 of Luther?

After an absence of three years, the first trailer shows John Luther as he confronts the darkest of murders with new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday.

“It’s going to get worse”, the sinister trailer teases.

“A lot worse.”

But as the trailer draws to an end, we see the briefest of glimpses of Luther’s close ally Alice Morgan.

It seems that perhaps she isn’t dead after all, having been previously killed off screen in a one-off episode of the show.

Describing Season 5, Idris previously told Metro: “All I can say is we know how long the fanbase wait for the show, and we’re never taking that lightly.

What has happened so far in Luther?

Luther is an award-winning BBC detective drama following the troubled and volatile DCI John Luther, played by Idris Elba.

Beginning in 2010, the programme has shown the London detective becoming increasingly consumed by the heinous crimes he's been investigating with the Serious and Serial Crime Units.

The first series saw him form an unlikely bond with seductive psychopath Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), and they formed a twisted romance before Alice mysteriously disappeared.

Series four, which unfolded over a mere two episodes in 2015, saw Luther chase a cannibalistic killer with Cotard syndrome alongside his new colleague Emma.

Critics mostly agreed on the fact the ending, which saw Luther walking alone in his famous trench coat with few answers and fewer friends, was not a satisfying conclusion for fans.

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