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Another great television drama series to binge on...
on 11 February 2015
Last month (January 2015), I watched a funny segment of a cable news program after the President's State of the Union address here in the USA. Chris Matthews, a 69 year old American political commentator and news anchor for his weeknight talk show HARDBALL on MSNBC, attempted a celebrity interview a la Larry King. Matthews was interviewing British actress Ruth Wilson, who just received a Golden Globe for best television actress (drama) for her role in Showtime's THE AFFAIR. Wilson answered some pertinent questions about the role of women in television drama series, but demurred when Matthews asked her to "talk American."
Well, Ruth Wilson, I haven't seen Showtime's THE AFFAIR but you were stupendous in the BBC drama serial LUTHER.
LUTHER may be the first drama serial that I binge-watched by renting the DVDs - two at a time from Netflix. This British psychological crime television series stars Idris Elba as the title character, Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. The first series of six episodes was initially broadcast on BBC One in May and early June 2010. A second and third season with only four episodes each were broadcast in consecutive summers. The series was broadcast for America viewers on BBC America beginning in October 2010.
The plots are dramatizations of John Luther's cases for the Serious and Serial Crime Unit in London, England. He is often consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals and is often hampered by his interactions with the women in his life: his ex-wife Zoe, his police superior, and Alice Morgan, his nemesis. He is unable to arrest Alice Morgan, the murderer in the first episode, and for the rest of the series she becomes his confidante, giving him insight into the motivations of other criminals. British actress Ruth Wilson plays the red-lipped and beautiful red-haired Alice.
The series has received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Elba was nominated for a Golden Globe for all three seasons as best actor in a television drama; he won for the second season of LUTHER. He also won the 2014 NAACP Image Award as best television actor (drama).
In November 2014 BBC announced that it would air a two episode miniseries of LUTHER in 2015. Hopefully, it will be aired on BBC America. Meanwhile, I'm trying to squeeze some $$ from my Social Security check to purchase this excellent collection.