Two new hour-long episodes of “Luther” air on BBC America at 9 p.m. ET tonight, and fans of the show and its star, Idris Elba, are excited! Here’s what you need to know to get you ready:
  1. If you haven’t seen the first three seasons, it’s too late for that now, so the sum up is this: Idris (yes, as his #1 fan, we’re on a first-name basis) plays Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, a skilled and dedicated police officer who is tortured by many of the crimes he investigates, and sometimes tortured by the criminals he investigates.
  2. DCI Luther is not keen on following the rules.
  3. He has a complicated relationship with other officers and his superiors, and it wasn’t clear after the last episode of the last season, if he would stay with the police…
  4. …BUT if he does, there will be a murder and it will be a nasty piece of work. Those are the cases DCI Luther specializes in so if scary movies scare you, watch this anyway, because it’s great TV.
  5. DCI Luther is likely to go rogue in one or both of these episodes because, as I noted earlier, he’s not keen on following rules.
  6. Alice Morgan, a “friend” of Luther’s, is a sociopath, but somehow, still endearing. That said, it seems she won’t return this season. The actress said she wasn’t returning anyway. Hopefully Alice’s whereabouts will be explained.
  7. Luther threw his trademark overcoat into the Thames at the end of the last season. (I didn’t catch it. I have been upset about this for a long time now). Apparently, we find out more about this coat tonight. I’d still like to have it if that’s a possibility.