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Crime Drama Case History | Luther

jeremy | Saturday June 19, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Hot Entries, Television, Television Crime Drama

Luther (BBC)

6 X 60 minutes drama originated on BBC1 May/June 2010

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  • DCI John Luther
  • Alice
  • DCI Ian Reed

The BBC’s new crime drama Luther is the first major drama series to have its eponymous hero played by a black actor. DCI John Luther, played by British actor Idris Elba, is familiar from his role as ‘Stringer’ Bell the drug lord with business acumen in The Wire. He was also in the US version of Extras. A dark psychological crime drama star.

In this psychological crime drama the strong man maverick detective John Luther is brought back into the serious crime unit because he is intuitively capable of solving difficult crimes, and his female boss (Saskia Reeves with a terrible London accent) believes in him although he is known as a loose canon. Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication and has recently suffered a mental breakdown.

On his return to duty, Luther struggles to balance the psychological demands of his work at the same time as trying to save his marriage to his wife, Zoe. Luther is not able to stop himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes he deals with and this has pushed his wife away. He wants to get back with his wife, but she is having and on/ off relationship with Mark (Paul McGann).  With Luther, the job always comes first and his dedication makes him both obsessed and obsessive sometimes leading to violent outbursts.

Luther’s first job is to investigate the horrific murder of a family leaving one survivor, the mysterious Alice, wonderfully portrayed by Ruth Wilson.

She was a child prodigy and is an exceptionally clever astrophysicist.  She is attracted to him through the darker more spontaneous sides of both their personalities.

Also in the mix is Luther’s apparent friend DCI Ian Reed an Iago-like figure who in the last episode turns out to be a self interested, conceited and very dangerous man consumed by envy.

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