‘Luther’ to return with Idris Elba for two-part special next year

Elba will shoot the new episodes next March for broadcast some time later in the year

Luther is to return for a two-part special next year.

Idris Elba will shoot the pair of hour-long episodes next March for broadcast some time later in the year, the BBC revealed at a showcase event last night (November 19), reports the Radio Times.

“Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next,” said the show’s writer and creator Neil Cross. “So I decided to find out. We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.”

Luther, in which Elba stars as an obsessive homicide detective, began on BBC One in 2010 and the third and most recent series aired last year. The show has also been a hit in the US, and in 2012 Elba won a Golden Globe for his performance in the title role.

A US remake of Luther is also in the works, it was announced earlier this week, though Elba is unlikely to reprise his role for the American version.

Meanwhile, the multi-talented Elba is preparing to release his debut album, Idris Elba Presents mi Mandela, which has been produced by Mr Hudson, on November 24. In September he revealed that he has also rapped on a Christmas song by comedian Noel Fielding which has been produced by Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno.