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Luther 4 Seasons 2010

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4.5 out of 5 stars (132) IMDb 8.3/10

Idris Elba stars in this detective series about a brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop.

Starring:
Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson

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Season 1
1. Luther - Episode 1

DCI John Luther returns to work following the traumatic arrest of a serial killer.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2010 52 minutes
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2. Luther - Episode 2

Luther must out manoeuvre a trained sniper on a mission to kill police officers.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2010 52 minutes
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3. Luther - Episode 3

Luther investigates the abduction of a young mother.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2010 52 minutes
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4. Luther - Episode 4

Luther must put his personal life aside and delve inside the mind of a serial killer.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2010 52 minutes
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5. Luther - Episode 5

When an art dealer's wife is taken hostage, Luther leads a tense investigation.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 2010 52 minutes
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6. Luther - Episode 6

Framed for murder, the only person DCI John Luther can turn to for help is Alice.

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Brian Kirk
Starring Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson
Supporting actors Steven Mackintosh, Indira Virma
Season year 2010
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By tallpete33 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
Seeing as new series this starred Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from The Wire) I thought I'd give this a try and I'm glad I did.

Centering on John Luther (Elba), damaged cop and loose cannon par excellence it was one hell of a ride - violent, provocative, often funny and very clever. We first encounter him pursuing a child molester who he accidentally let fall to a "certain" death, just before his breakdown. Months later and back in the serious crime squad, his first case is the unexplained murder of an elderly couple, the parents of the beguiling Alice - scientist cum psychopath. He knows she did it but cannot prove it and as the series progresses she returns into his life and work at sporadic intervals.

Their relationship is fascinating as she changes from stalker to confidante and finally accomplice. Ruth Wilson is excellent as the pouty blue-eyed scientist with the killer instinct and Luther fixation. Ditto Elba, who somewhat overplays Luther, the walking nuclear bomb who causes everyone around him to suffer in the fallout. The chemistry between the two is very real and makes this series extremely watchable. As the series progresses, the crim from episode one begins to wake in intensive care and Luther finds himself under close investigation from the harmless looking but dogged inspector. The ice-blue eyed Alice is the only one he can turn to with devastating results...

Great stuff - part Cracker, part Sweeney, part Waking the Dead - it's not to be missed.
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The 4th episode aired last night, so I obviously can't speak for the entire series. However, based on these episodes, I have to conclude that this is one of the best BBC tv series' in a long time. Whilst it may appear to be just another detective show, it is so much more, and John Luther (Played by the always great Idris Alba) is one of the most compelling characters I have seen in a long while. Like many great characters, he is deeply flawed, his job an obsession, and he toes a fine line between good and bad. In many ways, he is like "House" who also treads that line. Idris Alba, like Hugh Laurie in House, however make sure that you root for his character.

Each episode revolves around a different case, however their is the overarching story which is possiibly more compelling. I cannot go into too much detail without giving spoilers, so I will end by saying that the show is fantastic, and needs to be watched. The only concern I have is whether the bbc will provide us a second series, or return to the safety of their period dramas
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
"You do know the man is nitroglycerin," warns a colleague about John Luther. This detective in London, Luther, is played by Idris Elba. Most notably know from the series 'The Wire'. Luther is a different man, volatile, crazy, and engrossed in his job. We meet him as he is chasing a very bad man. Something awful course and the next time we see him seven months has gone, and his career and marriage in shambles.

Back he comes on the job, fragile in some ways, but Luther becomes involved in a weird murder case where he meets a crazy and possible killer Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson. he has met his match. Alice can see Luther has a troubled mind. One grisly murder after another occurs, and they all lead to Alice. The cases get more disturbing until the final two episodes where things start to boil over.

Luther becomes addictive, so watch it!

Recommended. prisrob 09-16-13
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By R. Forse TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 July 2013
Format: DVD
The States generally lead the way with TV Dramas so it's both welcome and refreshing to have seen a home grown title reach such a level of prominance and acclaim.

The stories are gripping and interesting, if sometimes unnerving, but it's the strength of some of the characters which really sells this. Luther and Alice in particular are multi levelled and interesting personalities who, even with their flaws, draw in the viewer and mean that no matter the scenario you continually route for them to overcome the odds and emerge from the situation.

The stories and seasons have their own arcs but each situation the characters find themselves in leave an indelible mark and scar on their being which gets carried forward and not forgotten in future episodes.

While there are examples of tremendous performances and character definition, there are also some incredibly wooden and disappointing performances from some of the more fringe actors (particularly in season one). There are also some peculiar examples of suspect police work (interviews with suspects being carried out on a one on one basis, tampering with evidence etc)that really require a certain level of suspending your disbelief as a viewer, however, this is not enough to knock more than a star off the review.

My wife is notorious in our family for not liking anything edgy, gruesome or violent but even she has been sucked in by the strength of this show. It is absolutely worth a watch, just make sure you're holding a pillow to hide behind at all times!
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Note: The BBC has just commissioned two two-hour long specials as a continuation of this first series, to be aired in 2011. Happy days.

'Luther' was originally created as an answer to the solve-everything-without-fail genius detectives in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, whilst at the same time trying to portray a character so wound up in his profession that his own personal life and personality begin to fracture, a la Cracker.

In this sense, the show succeeds, and does so very well. John Luther is a man who is constantly redefining the boundaries between insanity and intelligence - whilst, more often than not, he deduces who the villain is, he often does so at the expense of his own mental equilibrium. He knows that sometimes the law fails the innocent; he knows that sometimes the criminals get away with all; and he also knows that his colleagues appreciate his presence on the team, but that they watch him with a wary eye and keep their distance. Essentially, Luther is a philosopher at heart, but he can see his world falling to pieces and is helpless to stop it. It would be easy to call Luther, brilliantly played by Elba, a 'tortured soul', but there's much more to it than that analogy suggests.

I won't say too much about the series itself, so as to avoid spoiling anything, but just know that the acting is spot-on all round (with some great turns from Ruth Wilson as 'Alice', and Steven Mackintosh as 'Ian Reed') , the stories are gripping (with quite a stunning finale), and it is very evident that a lot of effort and care went into the production of the show.
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