(Photo: BBC America)

Idris Elba will return to one of his most famous roles, once again stepping into the tortured shoes of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. BBC America announced today that it will air a fifth season of Luther, the first since 2015. In a meandering statement, creator Neil Cross revealed almost no plot details regarding the new episodes, but explained why he and Elba wanted to revisit the character.

“Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot,” he said. “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. 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?” Elba also added: “I look forward to putting the coat back on.”


Elba and Cross will collaborate on four new episodes, which won’t even start filming until 2018. So it’ll be a bit of a wait before they actually hit the small screen.