Luther series 5 cast and spoilers as BBC One show returns

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Luther is back on BBC One this week for its fifth series - here's who's on the cast and all you need to know.

Luther returns to BBC One for its fifth series this January.

The first episode airs New Year's Day, Tuesday January 1 at 9pm to 10pm. The show continues at 9PM all this week.

Luther cast

The Golden Globe and SAG Award-winner actor Idris Elba returns to his iconic role as DCI John Luther, for the fifth series.

Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Patrick Malahide will return for the four-part series as DSU Martin Schenk, Benny Silver and George Cornelius; and Wunmi Mosaku, who won a Bafta for her performance in BBC One’s Damilola, Our Loved Boy in 2017, will join as new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday.

Idris Elba said: “It’s good to be back in London, back in the coat.”

Luther spoilers

In the new series, a spate of nightmarish murders brings DCI John Luther to once again face the depths of human depravity on the streets of London.

While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption.

But even as the case brings him closer than ever to the nature of true evil, a reluctant Luther must also face the ghosts of his own past. Striding back into the line of 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 will change John Luther forever.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “It’s fantastic to have Idris Elba and the team back filming in London and we are thrilled that the exceptional Wunmi Mosaku will be returning to BBC One to join this already stellar cast. Neil Cross’ scripts for this fifth series of Luther are explosive and fans won’t be disappointed.”

Hilary Salmon, Executive Producer for BBC Studios, added: “There aren’t many shows where the first day of filming feels like an event but Luther is certainly one of them. Thrilled to be in production with a new series of the show that has set the bar in terms of British television crime drama.”

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