2011 Top Ten: Luther

Idris Elba. Idris Freak’n Elba. Run, don’t walk to this. You still have time. It is on Netflix instant. I’ve been a fan of his since The Wire and this year I was lucky to have enough connections across the pond to hear about this when it came out. BBC, bringing the awesome once again.

Luther is a pretty basic crime drama on the surface. The show starts off at the end of one of Luther’s cases were he takes it a step too far and ends up on leave as they fear he had something to do with a suspect’s coma. His marriage is in shambles, he is super intense with his job and it hurts his relationships… but he is very good at what he does and as the criminals get more sophisticated so must the hero. His fault is feeling too deeply rather than not feeling enough and eventually the people who should probably hate him the most can’t help but be drawn to him. Even his dark muse Alice, a sociopath he battles with, finds his screwed up life immensely interesting.

“Kiss me. Kill me. Do something!”

The stories are grim but nothing revolutionary. It’s the performances of Idris Elba (Luther) and Ruth Wilson (Alice) that win the day. Paul McGann, Indira Varma, Warren Brown complete the brilliant cast.


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