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Luther: Series 1 (2 Discs)

Featuring: Idris Elba, Warren Brown & Steven Mackintosh

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  More than a Bog Standard Crime Procedural

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A show about a brilliant yet troubled detective may not at first sound like a particularly interesting or original concept and it is not until I learnt that the fantastic Idris Elba, most famous for his role in The Wire, was involved that I even considered giving it a watch. The first few episodes are certainly competent even if they do fall into some of the usual problems of the procedural crime drama with the odd 'leap in logic' required to wrap everything up within the fifty minute running time.

Fortunately, with the second half of the six episode season focusing more on the motivations of the killers and cops, Luther soon develops into something far more interesting. In fact, in an usual twist on the formula, several episodes reveal the identity of the killer within the opening minutes all the while maintaining the shows tension and intensity thanks the some excellent writing.

Elba is of course superb throughout as John Luther but Ruth Wilson's performance as Alice is also certainly worthy of note. Encountered early in the season (for reasons I won't spoil here) her character development in such a short series is very well handled and by the end of this opening season she becomes integral in making the show as good as it is.

Season one could have perhaps done with a few more episodes to explain some characters motivations more effectively but with Luther the BBC have created one of the best British drama series of the last decade.

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  More than a Bog Standard Crime Procedural

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A show about a brilliant yet troubled detective may not at first sound like a particularly interesting or original concept and it is not until I learnt that the fantastic Idris Elba, most famous for his role in The Wire, was involved that I even considered giving it a watch. The first few episodes are certainly competent even if they do fall into some of the usual problems of the procedural crime drama with the odd 'leap in logic' required to wrap everything up within the fifty minute running time.

Fortunately, with the second half of the six episode season focusing more on the motivations of the killers and cops, Luther soon develops into something far more interesting. In fact, in an usual twist on the formula, several episodes reveal the identity of the killer within the opening minutes all the while maintaining the shows tension and intensity thanks the some excellent writing.

Elba is of course superb throughout as John Luther but Ruth Wilson's performance as Alice is also certainly worthy of note. Encountered early in the season (for reasons I won't spoil here) her character development in such a short series is very well handled and by the end of this opening season she becomes integral in making the show as good as it is.

Season one could have perhaps done with a few more episodes to explain some characters motivations more effectively but with Luther the BBC have created one of the best British drama series of the last decade.

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  Leaves you wanting more

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Luther is like 24 done Brit-style. Great characters, plots, stories and acting. Idris Elba is the next Pacino, de Niro, Freeman and Denzel Washington. He has such gravitas and charm, whilst being constantly at odds with his inner demons as Luther. Supporting cast play a great role in keeping every second believable and engrossing. The only shame is that there are not 24 episodes per season like the US would do.
But it is always better to be wanting more, than something which makes me snore.

  THE BEST LUTHER

| | See all curvydimply's reviews (2)

Idia Elba is absolately brilliant and best ever i watched. Unlike all detective dramas, it is so superb , thrilling, fast, nail biting and very clever that makes me to glue to it to the end. It worths watching. It is the best DVD i ever buy for a long time. I will definitely watch again and again. I normally watch DVDS once and put it away. This one will be watched again and again. Idris Elba is superb.

  Luther

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Simply the best show on TV! 5 Star PLUS. A must buy. Well done writers/BBC and long may this show continue.

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  Luther - Recommend it to all

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Luther is one of the best things on TV...period.
I have recently seen that series to will be on screen 14th June... Brill I say bring it on. I loved the relationships between everone. Idris Elba is great, I have seen him in numerous films but this is stand out in his career!

  BEST SHOW ON BBC FOR YEARS!!!

| | See all PATCHES1989's reviews (518)

When this was first aired i wasnt too sure but it turned out to be an excellent show for the weeks it ran. The plots of each episode run well together which keeps the viewer engaged from week to week. Idris Elba is brilliant as Luther who delivers a great hard hitting performance throughout the series as well as Ruth Wilsons fantastic demented performance as Alice who is a perfect foil for Luthers character. The last few episodes are some of the best you will see anywhere....highly recommended. Enjoy

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  Best British Drama

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This psychological crime thriller is one of the best TV shows i've seen and certainly the best British one. Luther is a hard hitting thriller that shows that Luther's strength is also his weakness. Idris Elba performance is the best since his portrail of Stringer Bell in 'The Wire' This series' portrais alot of emotion than your standard CSI type series, making it stand apart from them.
If you have not already seen it i highly recommend buying this.

  Don't let the flaws put you off

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Idris Elba is terrific in this, and Luther is one of the best TV cop series for years, even if it ploughs the familiar furrow of the troubled, maverick cop who breaks the rules to get the job done.

But it has to be said that the scripts are far-fetched on occasion. It IS possible to make an absorbing, exciting crime drama without resorting to Hollywood plot devices that scretch credulity too far - see Wallander for example. I hope that the next series will improve in this respect.

Nonetheless, highly recommended.

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  Alice! There is love in this world-So you lose!

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Luther is dark, terrifyingly twisted-is he a good guy? Who the hell cares? All these things make it brilliant. And Alice! Dont get me started on her take in the series-in short she ROCKS!

For once the BBC have something worth watching, each episode is different but dark and twisted-they really have pushed the envelope with this series and it works brilliant.

I cant wait for the second series, the story is amazing and the cast act out their skin!

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