Luther

By Leszkiewicz, Anna | New Statesman (1996), January 4, 2019 | Go to article overview

Luther


Leszkiewicz, Anna, New Statesman (1996)


Luther has become burdened by its own success. The BBC's theatrically gritty portrait of a rain-slicked London and its criminal underworld, always put to rights by down-to-earth man's man DCI Luther, catapulted the career of Idris Elba and gave a thoroughly deserved boost to Ruth Wilson for her turn as charismatic, unpredictable killer, Alice.

It's nearly a decade since the show started and there have been a number of sidekicks for Luther, all manner of absurd murder plots, and several major character deaths, each less impactful than the last. Perhaps it's been hard to pin down Elba and Wilson at the same time--Luther only makes it to air every few years (it's four since the last season), often doing so without Alice, an enormous part of the show's dynamism.

What a relief, then, to see her return in the new series--supposedly from the dead. (Alice was ostensibly killed off, but as fans of murder mysteries and Game ofThrones know, if a character dies off screen, they almost certainly didn't die at all. …

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