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Luther hasn't graced our screens (unless you're re-watching, you pedantic bastard) since 2015 but that doesn't mean we haven't been eagerly awaiting the return of the red tie.
Well, now the man himself has graced us with the best Christmas gift we could have wished for. Alright, alright we know it's technically from the BBC rather than Idris himself, but it's nice to think he would treat us to a Luther-shaped present. Take that how you will.
That's right, guys, Detective Chief Inspector John Luther is back and the long-awaited Season 5 will be aired over the festive period. Cancel all other plans now, while you've got time.
Production has taken a while, because he's a busy chap, but it's now within touching distance and that's all that matters.
DCI John #Luther (@idriselba) is once more called to immerse himself in the deepest depths of human depravity on @BBCOne: https://t.co/IiZVqBArVp pic.twitter.com/SF0Fy3Alb0
- BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) November 27, 2018
The definite date has still not been confirmed so we don't know when it will actually air, but the BBC teased that DCI John Luther is once more called to immerse himself in the 'deepest depths of human depravity'.
The synopsis for the new series continues: "While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit DS 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."
Just in case you missed it, series five will reunite DCI John Luther with Alice Morgan. Alice, played by Ruth Wilson, wasn't around in series four and viewers were led to believe that she'd been bumped off off-screen.
Speaking to the BBC back when the fifth series was announced, writer Neil Cross may have dropped a little hint that Alice would be back, when he mentioned missing 'old friends'.
"We missed John Luther," he said. "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."
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