Luther, the BBC One crime drama starring Idris Elba (The Wire), is back since yesterday night for a second "series" made of two distinctive two-part stories. In spite of last year's lacklustre ratings.
Idris Elba is DCI John Luther, the genius murder detective with heavy psychological issues created by writer Neil Cross (Spooks). Luther and Mark North (Paul McGann) cannot recover from the death of Zoe, John's ex-wife and Mark's girlfriend - played by Indira Varma in Series One. The detective rescues his former partner DS Justin Ripley (Warren Brown) from uniform to work with him and DS Erin Gray (Nikki Amuka-Bird) in the new Serious and Serial Unit headed by DCI Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley).
They're dealing with their first case when a masked serial killer randomly targets young women in the streets of London and murders them in front of CCTV cameras. At the same time John Luther tries to save the daughter of Caroline Jones (Kierston Wareing) from pornography. Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) is back, kindly (re)introducing the main character to the viewer before the superb title sequence from Momoco - with Massive Attack's Paradise Circus.
Rightfully busy, the talented Idris Elba found some time to film two new two-hour specials of this pantocrime - instead of a full 6 X 60-minute series - under the BBC "Original British Drama" banner. Well, it's British and it's a drama.