The first teaser (below) for the fourth season of Luther has been released and we’re damn excited about the detective’s return.
Idris Elba is back as Detective John Luther for a special two-parter, which will return in December.
Elba has been speaking about the upcoming fourth series of BBC One’s Luther, with the actor explaining why exactly the show is returning. Luther’s third season was widely expected to be its last but Elba’s formidable and conflicted detective: “I don’t think [series creator] Neil Cross or I were satisfied with the ending of the last one,” said the Golden Globe-winning actor. “It felt like there were some unanswered questions.
“I don’t think we ever really resolved whether it was going to be the end – I think that version of Luther had stopped and now I think this version of Luther – which is slightly older and a little bit wiser – begins a next chapter. “
The new Luther will “heighten everything”, “up the ante” and “increase the fear”, Elba claimed.
“It has to be familiar – it feels very much like series 1-3, but again we’ve evolved,” he said. “The whole show’s grown a little bit.“
John Luther’s latest outing spans just two episodes, with Elba arguing that a longer run wouldn’t suit the series.
“It’s really tough to sustain that sort of angst,” he argued. “You’d have to dilute it to make it work, and honestly I think you’d get bored of ‘story of the week’ type drama in a show like this.
“I think the smaller bite-sizes are better and more impactful. There’s no reason why we couldn’t do another 6-parter, but I suspect that would be the end of me!”
Elba hasn’t given up on the long-gestating Luther movie either, describing the new two-hour TV outing as “a pilot for the film”.
“We would love to get a film off the ground, but it takes time,” he explained. “It’s really about when Neil and I are ready to pull that off.”
— BBC One (@BBCOne) November 17, 2015