'Luther' season 5: Release date, plot, case, trailer, and everything you need to know about Idris Elba's detective thriller

'Luther' season 5: Release date, plot, case, trailer, and everything you need to know about Idris Elba's detective thriller

'Luther' has been away from our screens for four full years now, but 2019 is going to be lucky year for fans of the BBC America show. The last time we saw the Idris Elba starrer releasing a new season, it was the year 2015; and season 5 is returning with four brand new episodes focusing on Elba's titular detective, John Luther, as navigates through human depravity in the streets of London.

Release date

Season 5 of Luther is set to premiere on June 8, at 8 pm, only on BBC America. The following three episodes will be coming out on a weekly basis following the premiere date. But meanwhile, it's probably a good idea to binge watch the previous four seasons ahead of the fifth installment; all the episodes can be found for streaming on Amazon Prime.

The new killer in 'Luther' season 5 is quite creepy! Source: BBC America



Elba had shared with Radio Times a while ago that the upcoming season is going to be "classic Luther." According to the official synopsis of the show, there will be a new spate of nightmarish murders that will front DCI John Luther once again with the intensity of the crime world and inhumanity sprawled across London once again. The monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings are about to become ever more audacious and public, but this time Luther has his new recruit - DS Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) - as both are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. The body count keeps rising, while gangster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) keeps applying his own inflouence and pressure, making it really difficult for Luther to catch killers and watch his own back.


Luther comes from Neil Cross - a British novelist and scriptwriter. He is also known for creating the TV series, 'Hard Sun.'



Idris Elba

Idris Elba attends the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 at the Theatre Royal on November 18, 2018 in London, England.


The British storehouse of talents is famous for a lot of things. He is an actor, producer, director, musician, DJ, and also a rapper. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know his as Hiemdall from the Thor franchise, but he is also known for being one of the most versatile actors in the industry, having worked in shows like 'The Wire,' and more recently in the Netflix dramedy, 'Turn Up Charlie.' Elba plays the titular role on 'Luther' and has received wide critical acclaim for the unflinching detective.

Wunmi Mosaku

Wunmi Mosaku plays the role of DS Catherine Halliday on Season 5 (Getty Images)


As the latest addition to the cast, Mosaku plays the role of DS Catherine Halliday on 'Luther.' Harry Potter fans will know her as Philomena from 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' The prominent actress' is also quite well known for appearing as Joy in the BBC Two miniseries 'Moses Jones' (2009) and as Holly Lawson in the ITV series 'Vera' (2011–12).

The cast of 'Luther' also includes Dermot Crowley as DSU Martin Schenk, Michael Smiley as Benny Silver, and Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius. Ruth Wilson also returns as the iconic killer Alice Morgan on the show. 



The trailer for 'Luther' season 5 wastes no time establishing that there's probably a new killer on the prowl. In one significant clip from the trailer, Luther announces that the only way to catch the murderer is to play dirty, and Mosaku - as his DS - does quite the convincing job of a person trying to digest the slightly immoral grounds that her senior is proposing. There's an eerie thrill to the thing especially with an impeccable background score, and the whole vibe of the brutal murders is quite unsettling to say the least. But that just adds to the appeal of the British crime drama that we have grown to love and adore over the last few years.


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