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Luther [** Spoilers From Post #175 Onwards **]

  • 23-04-2010 1:09pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 74,987 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


    Idris Elba stars in Neil Cross's six-part series Luther, a psychological crime thriller that takes a new look at the detective genre on BBC One.

    Elba, best known for his performance in the award-winning HBO series The Wire, playing drug kingpin Russell "Stringer" Bell, now finds himself on the other side of the law as John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind cannot always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

    Joining Elba in the cast are Ruth Wilson, Steven Macintosh, Paul McGann and Warren Brown.

    Creator and writer Neil Cross is an acclaimed suspense novelist and was lead writer on two series of BBC One's Spooks.

    "I'm delighted that BBC One is bringing Luther to life," he says. "It's an intense psychological thriller which examines not only human depravity but the complex nature of love … and how it's often this – our finest attribute – that leads us into darkness."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s8jk0

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007dgzb


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  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,399 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    Bumpity.

    Starts tonight at 10:55.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Now that should get a few more views!

    Luther 9 pm tonight BBC1, looks promising albeit fashioned from pretty standard cop show templates.



  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 32,866 ✭✭✭✭ MagicMarker


    Ah but it's not HBO!

    I generally have little faith in British made crime/drama but I might give this a chance. Feck all else on really. Except Crank on TG4:D


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 32,866 ✭✭✭✭ MagicMarker


    I think you may be disappointed Mike, unless you have Sky? My NTL listings tell me the N.I Leaders Debate is on at 9.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    FTA satellite FTW.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,764 ✭✭✭ Degag


    Its on at 10.55 on BBC1 NI tonight guys!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,764 ✭✭✭ Degag


    What did people think? Thought it was ok, a bit strange to hear Stringer with the British Accent though!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,065 ✭✭✭ leggo


    Don't massively enjoy the Brits when they do serious drama like this...but that was fun. String is an amazing actor, the show would be nothing without him. There's enough to keep you interested, though. It's kind of like The Bill dressed up for confirmation.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    I thought it something other than what I was expecting, ie yet again too much "mood/hokiness" not enough intelligent plotting. All a bit Bonekickers


  • Registered Users Posts: 765 ✭✭✭ claiva


    I really enjoyed it. I thought it was very good. Great to Stringer back on the screen, albeit a little older and greyer !!!!
    It was on BBC HD at 9.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 708 ✭✭✭ zimovain


    Excellent, really enjoyed it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,438 ✭✭✭✭ ejmaztec


    It wasn't too bad, but I found the psycho-lady (Ruth Wilson) a little annoying, having recently seen her in the remake of The Prisoner. I couldn't help but wonder whether, as a child, someone had put her lips in a vice and flattened them.:eek:

    At least Idris Elba was more understandable than his Stringer character in The Wire.


  • Registered Users Posts: 604 ✭✭✭ Kai


    I enjoyed it and will be watching it again, Idris is a good actor and was fantasic in The Wire but he is also a little bit limited in what he can portray. The angry desk throwing shouty bits are good but im not sure how well he pulled off the ingelligent thoughtful side of his character. The thing with Acting is that a huge amount is down to the editing afterwards which has a huge affect on how scenes look and feel.

    Overall it was a good episode, not near the same league as The Wire but then i wouldn't expect it to be. What will work against this shows is if people expect a reworked Stringer Bell which is plainly not going to happen.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,364 paddyismaddy


    i enjoyed it its not often bbc has worthwhile stuff on


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 708 ✭✭✭ zimovain


    Another brilliant episode!


  • Registered Users Posts: 261 ✭✭ fergpie


    Ive been watchin it the last couple of weeks and i think is pretty good. not spectacular ala the wire but hey nothin else is.....


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Barking mad! Its creepy villain of the week, stuff. Scooby-doo meets Cracker.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,438 ✭✭✭✭ ejmaztec


    mike65 wrote: »
    Barking mad! Its creepy villain of the week, stuff. Scooby-doo meets Cracker.

    The actor playing this week's villain seems to be a posh nut-job in every programme that I've seen him in.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Yep, he played Peter Mandelson in The Deal! :p


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,438 ✭✭✭✭ ejmaztec


    mike65 wrote: »
    Yep, he played Peter Mandelson in The Deal! :p

    Never saw that, which must must mean that he even plays posh nut-jobs in programmes that I haven't seen.:P


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  • Registered Users Posts: 358 ✭✭ InisMor


    Hi,

    Does anybody know if the repeat of Luther is the regular version or is split screened for sign language?

    I can't watch it tonight so I've set the series link on the UPC box, but it's also set to record something else at the same time that has no repeat.

    Cheers


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Not sure. But late night showings often are signed, I find I zone out the man at the side pretty quickly.

    Tonights was basicly a Giallo plot in every respect. Bar a rape or three.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 708 ✭✭✭ zimovain


    Another dark episode last night, and it's nicely set up for the finale!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Preposterous stuff, his phone record proves his innocence and now Alice is going to be some sort of Guardian Angel in the last episode. Daft as a brush.


  • Registered Users Posts: 765 ✭✭✭ claiva


    mike65 wrote: »
    Preposterous stuff, his phone record proves his innocence and now Alice is going to be some sort of Guardian Angel in the last episode. Daft as a brush.

    Granted, there are a number of "plot holes" in this show, and a number of times when you think "hold on a sec, thats a bit of a leap".......but I still think that as a 6 part series it has been absolutely brilliant. Way way better than a lot of the muck on the screen these days.

    I was all over the place for the last ep, and I haven't been like that since the wire....not even for Lost !!!!

    Luther rocks.....I hope there will be more series'.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,793 ScumLord


    Great show, they've set it up really well for a second series which I really hope they make.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    What did I say? Alice to the rescue (sort of!) I wonder if the makers (the writer is Spooks veteran) meant this to be hokey fun or serious drama?


  • Registered Users Posts: 24 ✭✭✭ jab1


    finished watching this last night,excellent show from the bbc,the great idris elba stars as luther(stringer bell from the WIRE)its a dark pscyological crime drama,luther is a cross between cracker and "vincent" where ray winstone was a cop.very good show season ends on a cliff hanger.10 out of 10 from well worth alook


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 708 ✭✭✭ zimovain


    Idris Elba has reportedly said that he is eager to film another series of his recent cop show Luther for the BBC.

    Elba's agent, Roger Charteris told The First Post that the former star of The Wire is "definitely up for it".

    "Idris had a great time making Luther and he loved playing that character." he said. "He is a very busy man both in the United States and in Britain but if the BBC wanted to make it he would make himself available."

    The show opened to 5.7 million viewers but ratings later declined.

    The final episode of the first series aired on BBC One on June 8.

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a236493/idris-elba-hopes-for-more-luther.html


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,578 ✭✭✭ Tristram


    Watched first three episodes earlier. Very solid stuff from the BBC. Colour me impressed!


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