It’s clearly a vehicle for Elba and he plays Luther as a cross between Robbie Coltrane’s Fitz and a male DCI Tennison. Elba is good in this role and deserves credit as he was always going to meet Stringer Bell comparisons
Elba, Steven Mackintosh, Paul McGann and Dermot Crowley fill their roles unfussily, which allows for some suspension of disbelief when other characters are more intense. The most interesting character aside from John Luther is Alice Morgan
Ruth Wilson as the Volatile at times, cold and unemotional at others, Alice is a character who initially is the flip side of Detective John Luther. A cold blooded and intelligent killer with an intriguing nature. Gradually over the course of the series she brings Luther to question his beliefs about life and right and wrong, she also undergoes a change herself and becomes more than just a Hannibal Lecter type figure who is asked for advice.
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Escapism of a mid week variety sure, but Luther season one has set itself an interesting task; development in series two or more of the same? UK TV drama is very much in the shadow of superlative American shows however Luther is a good start at re educating mainstream palates.
Whichever route this show takes it could become something more than decent TV drama. Much more.