BBC Confirms 'Luther' Season 5 Is Arriving New Year's Day

Good news everybody, the release date for Luther season five has been revealed and we don't have too long to wait.

The BBC has confirmed that DCI John Luther (played by Idris Elba) will be back on New Year's Day at 9pm.

The four-part series will run across consecutive nights, finishing on 4 January.

So far, trailers for the upcoming series show Luther back to his brooding best, but this time with a new partner, on the trail of a killer.

Of course, if you're as much as a Luther-bore as I am, then you'll know that Alice Morgan is also set to make a reappearance during this series after seemingly being bumped off at the end of the last one.

At the end of the trailer, fans are warned 'this will hurt'.

According to an official synopsis from the BBC: "When the moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare, DCI John Luther played by Idris 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 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 true face of evil, a reluctant Luther is forced to confront the unburied demons of his own recent 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 change John Luther forever."

Speaking to the BBC back when the fifth series was announced, writer Neil Cross said: "We missed John Luther. We missed some old friends. And we wanted to make the biggest, scariest, darkest, most thrilling series of Luther there's ever been. So that's what we've come back to do."

Speaking to Empire, Elba revealed that this isn't the last we're going to see of Luther, either.

Revealing: "This season is not the end. But there are some real changes that will happen."

I can't wait for this.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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