BBC America greenlights season 5 of ‘Luther’ with Idris Elba

Luther Vandross was outed as gay after his death.

Luther is coming back to BBC America with a fifth season, which will see Idris Elba return to his role as DCI John Luther.

The show’s future had been called into question when the season finale of season four was a two-hour movie in December 2015, but it looks like Luther will be coming back to the small screen after all.

“Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot. What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London? It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know. So much unfinished business,” said show creator and writer Neil Cross. “The thing is, we’ve been asking ourselves the same question. Because we love John and wonder what he’s up to. And as for me, I’m scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who’s going to stop them, if not John Luther?”

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“In the end, we picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next. It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next,” Cross added. “Now what? Luther’s coming back. That’s what.”

Elba said of the show’s return, “Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”

Considering the show’s award-winning status, fans aren’t the only ones pleased to see it returning.

“Luther is compulsive, unnerving television,” said Sarah Barnett, President of BBC America. “Neil Cross, Idris Elba and the team are geniuses and we all wait with bated breath to see what happens next in this blindingly brilliant show.”