Idris Elba was last seen as Luther’s title character back in December 2015 when series 4 of the dark crime drama aired.
The fourth season was just two episodes long and saw DCI John Luther team up with new colleague Emma, played by Game Of Thrones’ Rose Leslie.
But now the team have returned, with screenwriter Neil Cross revealing that the Luther gang have some “unfinished business” to attend to.
The first teaser for the new episodes was released on June 19, showing Idris back in Luther’s famous coat and teasing that “this will hurt”.
And now the show is back, boasting a disturbing new plot for Luther and his co-workers.
The first episode has fans gripped but when is it next on? And who’s in the cast? Here’s everything you need to know about season 5…
When is the next episode of Luther season 5?
Luther will returned to BBC One on New Year’s Day, with the episodes airing on four consecutive nights.
How many episodes will be in Luther season 5?
In a stark contrast to last season’s two episodes, series 5 will consist of four new hour-long instalments.
What happened at the end of Luther season 4?
In the series 4 finale, Luther found out the truth about Megan Cantor, played by Laura Haddock.
The character appeared with a message, seemingly from beyond the grave, from one of Luther’s closest confidants and also revealed her tie to Luther’s past – dragging up a whole heap of drama for the detective.
Luther season 5 cast: Which Luther cast members are be back?
Idris Elba is of course returning to the Luther season 5 cast, but it’s also been confirmed that Ruth Wilson will be back as the mysterious Alice.
It was revealed in series 4 that the slippery character been murdered but viewers remained convinced she’s still alive, with them since being proven right.
Rose Leslie is not thought to be making an appearance in the series, but new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday will be played by actress Wunmi Mosaku. Cold Feet actress Hermione Norris is also in the cast.
Luther season 5 spoilers: What will the plot of Luther season 5 be?
Neil Cross has previously teased what’s in store for the new episodes, saying: “Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot. What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood-red London?
“It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know. So much unfinished business.”
He added: “Because we love John [Luther] and wonder what he’s up to. And as for me, I’m scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who’s going to stop them, if not John Luther?”
Neil continued: “We picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next. It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next.”
Idris also added that he was “thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on”.
BBC One have since released details of the storyline, saying: “When the moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare, DCI John Luther played byIdris Elba is once more called to immerse himself in the deepest depths of human depravity.
While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday played by Wunmi Mosaku are confounded by acomplex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption.”
The spoilers continued: “But even as the case brings him closer than ever to the true face of evil, a reluctant Luther is forced to confront the unburied demons of his own recent past. Striding back into the lineof fire, he must choose who to protect and who to sacrifice.
“Whatever his next move, it will have devastating consequences for those around him — and change John Luther forever.”
Can you catch up on previous series of Luther?
The first four series of Luther are available to stream on Netflix.
As of 19 October, they’re also free to watch on the BBC iPlayer.
Luther continues on BBC One.
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