Luther (2010– )
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Episode #1.1 

After a 7 month suspension, DCI John Luther returns to duty. With the assistance of DS Justin Ripley, he investigates a home invasion that resulted in the murders of Douglas and Laura ... See full summary »


Brian Kirk


Neil Cross, Neil Cross (creator)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Anton Saunders ... Henry Madsen
Idris Elba ... DCI John Luther
Steven Mackintosh ... DCI Ian Reed
Saskia Reeves ... DSU Rose Teller
Ruth Wilson ... Alice Morgan
Indira Varma ... Zoe Luther
Paul McGann ... Mark North
Warren Brown ... DS Justin Ripley
Matthew Marsh ... DCSU Russell Cornish


After a 7 month suspension, DCI John Luther returns to duty. With the assistance of DS Justin Ripley, he investigates a home invasion that resulted in the murders of Douglas and Laura Morgan who were found by their daughter Alice. After questioning her, Luther is convinced that she killed her parents and as much as tells her so. He has no physical evidence however and the police have not been able to find the gun. Alice is highly intelligent and is quite prepared to play psychological games with him. Luther meanwhile tries to repair his relationship with his wife Zoe from whom he has been separated. She has met someone and has begun a new relationship, news that doesn't go down very well. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first scene in this episode is the last scene in the Neil Cross book 'the calling' See more »


(at around 1 min) During the conversation on the bridge, Alice's hair alternates between on her face and not on her face, depending on the camera angle. See more »


DCI John Luther: I'm coming for you.
Alice Morgan: Not if I come for you first.
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References Quatermass and the Pit (1967) See more »


Paradise Circus
(Title Theme)
Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Hope Sandoval, Dan Brown and Stew Jackson
Performed by Massive Attack
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A Psychological Gem
6 December 2015 | by robertgmcleanSee all my reviews

I am a sucker for mind game thrillers. For example, I consider Guy Ritchie's Revolver one of the best films ever made. So I easily fell for the storyline of Luther, set up here in the first episode. Luther ep1.1 is nothing but a one-hour psychological tug-of-war for the upper hand between the main protagonist, Detective John Luther, played by Idris Elba. The woman who will prove to be his main anti-hero rival throughout the first season, played by Ruth Wilson, potentially steals the stage from Elba in this episode.

The sets are typical. Non-spectacular tight-shots of any nondescript spot in London. A pub, a small office, a terrace house, a 2nd floor flat... could have been filmed anywhere in the UK. The seemingly low-medium budget production allowed me to focus completely on the delivery performed by the actors and actresses. The plot moves along quickly and the audience is not given a sneak-peak at information the detective does not know. Which is excellent. When the detective figures out a clue it comes as a revelation, not a relief, because we, as the audience were just as unaware as he. Awesome.

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