- WEEKLY TV PICKS
Friday, 13 January 2012
LUTHER series 3 confirmed for 2012/13
There's always been doubt Luther will return each year, because The Wire's Idris Elba is becoming such hot property in Hollywood. However, fans of the BBC's stylish crime drama needn't worry for now, because Ben Stephenson—the BBC's Head of Drama, speaking at the Broadcasting Press Guild lunch—has confirmed that a third series of four hour-long episodes is due later this year. (Other reports suggest early-2013.)
It's lucky Elba seems to be so taken by this award-winning series, which he also produces, so hopefully he'll continue to fit four hours of Luther into his annual schedule. He's also keen for the show to become a movie, as we know, and I wouldn't bet against that happening. The British crime thriller is an easy and relatively cheap genre to adapt for the big screen. If the show's 6 million viewers translate into box-office ticket sales (as The Inbetweeners Movie proved it can do), then the BBC will be very happy...
What do you make of this news? Happy Luther's coming back? Still think the show's ghoulish nonsense? Is that a bad thing? And would a movie version work, in your opinion?