‘Luther’ Season 3 Announcement Trailer; Production Begins This Month

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 5th, 2012 at 6:07 am,

There has been heated debate about actor Idris Elba taking over the role of James Bond in recent weeks – but today we have just good news regarding the actor.

Fans of  Elba and BBC One’s dread-soaked crime procedural Luther have reason to rejoice: After some months of speculation and grinning hints from Elba himself, the network has officially confirmed that DCI John Luther will soon return to London’s grimy underbelly for season 3.

Yesterday, BBC One posted a video announcing that the new series (the UK term for TV seasons) of Luther will begin shooting later this month. Though the announcement does not set an absolute release date, it’s safe to assume that the four “perfectly dark, chillingly-formed” (gotta love that over-the-top pulp spirit) new episodes will air sometime in 2013.

Luther follows the life and unsettling adventures of Detective Constable Inspector John Luther, a brilliant (and slightly unhinged) London homicide cop. Over the course of two previous seasons, Luther has solved many a deranged murder case while repeatedly failing to cope with his own personal demons. Only through his steel-trap mind, knack for choosing the right friends, and sheer determination has Luther managed to avoid discharge and death. Now it looks like he’s about to start the whole gut-churning cycle over again.

Of course, a simple teaser video without a single shot to back it up leaves us with an overwhelming question-to-answer ratio. For instance, the first two seasons took rather different approaches to their narrative structure. Will season 3 copy an earlier season, or take off in an entirely new direction?

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The video asks, “Will Alice return?” followed by the coy response, “Only Alice knows.” One of Luther’s real pleasures is watching DCI Luther matching wits with ultra-genius sociopath Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson, of the upcoming The Lone Ranger), whom he holds in equal parts fascination and disgust. Without that dynamic, Luther will lack one of its most lively and propulsive dynamics. As such, Alice’s return (even as a bit part) is all but guaranteed.

If you’re a fan of noir, crime dramas, or police procedurals, you owe it to yourself to give Luther a watch – both of the aired seasons are streaming on Netflix. It’s not a perfect series by any measure – its melodrama can often feel treacly and some of the cases veer into cartoonish pulp that clashes sharply with the show’s more realistic moments. All that said, Luther delivers some of the darkest and most electrifying thrills of any crime series on TV.

If you want to know why so many people want Idris Elba to step into the tuxedo of 007, Luther is the first stop on your journey to understanding. His depiction of a man who is simultaneously tough as nails and emotionally damaged is captivating – even when it’s shoved into moments that wouldn’t be out of place in an episode of CSI. Needless to say, it’s quite exciting that DCI Luther will once again be stalking about the edges of crime scenes, quoting David Bowie and making one too many moral compromises.

While Luther season 3 has no announced air date, it seems likely that it will be released in 2013.

Source: BBC One (via Entertainment Weekly)

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  1. This man is about as prolific an actor as Gene Hackman was in his peak. Hopefully, Pacific Rim makes him a major box office draw.

  2. First of all this is a fantastic teaser. I’ve never seen an announcement like this before so bravo BBC. :)
    I’m super excited to be getting a 3rd season of Luther. As much as I love Sherlock IMO Luther is a much better show.
    And even though it’s just a tease and we are supposed to guess the thought of Alice coming back is just as exciting.

  3. Great great news,really can’t wait to see series 3 !
    Series 1 and 2 are just excellent TV. Really doesn’t get better then this!
    So yeah..hope the wait does not take too much longer ! Only downside of this news is..just 3 or 4 episodes again :( It’s just too good for that !

    • But still better 4 excellent episodes than 12/24 of s***** ones…

  4. Quality over quantity every time. Sherlock and Luther utterly trounce every show that has 20+ episodes.

  5. Did you notice that In the first season Luther’s. journey replicated Lucifer’s fall from grace?
    Eventually, he would sacrifice those closest to him in order to prevail.

  6. Was it not “Detective Chief Instpector” rather than “Detective Constable Inspector”? .. Either way it’s DCI John Luther :p

  7. You just can’t miss with Luther and Alice. He is a hell of a actor,and damned if she isn’t even better.

    Is there anything in the whole world more delightful than a really intelligent hot redheaded woman?

    If there is,keep it to yourself because I couldn’t stand it.

    • I couldn’t have said it better!!.. She is smoking hot!!.. & that crazy side just makes her more attractive if that’s possible..

  8. This is fantastic News! DCI John Luther is an amazing character and the other actors in the series are all fantastic. We look forward to wathing the upcoming season. You may also enjoy https://vimeo.com/6569795 a short starring Bill Cobbs. Happy New Year from Main Man Films (USA)

  9. Luther is a yummiest moreish double scoop of my fav detective crime series wrapped into one: Inspector Morse and DCI Banks. Real coppers with charm, wit and razor sharp intellect wrapped into an Everyman. Lavelle, Joburg

  10. clench fist bend at elbow pull down and shout yes, at last LUTHER is coming back

  11. I saw idris filming Luther last week. He was in a black Jensen sports car. It was in Gainsborough studios on New North road. I nearly DIED.

  12. Alice have to ge back for season 3 with a bigger role. Televisions most interestin and livavle socopath. Hopefully Nteflux USA carries the third season. Luther is well photographed, scripted and never boring.

  13. glad to hear luther is to return thebest show on tv

  14. good to hear the show will return idris is a brilliant actor

  15. I just finished viewing the first two seasons of Luther.I am retired so I
    have the time to view all of the episodes and of course I enjoyed all of them.I am so glad that a Season 3 will soon be out ….Idris Elba is an excellent actor and he has an equal amount of a supporting cast…I know that I will not be disappointed with Season 3.


  17. It’s Detective Chief Inspector, not Constable.

  18. Only 4 episodes? That sucks. I guess I should think of it more like a movie then.