BBC’s ‘Luther’ to be remade for Russian television

Idris Elba-starring crime drama to be given makeover as 'Klim'

BBC crime drama Luther is to be remade for Russian television.

The detective show, which starred Idris Elba and first appeared on UK television in 2010, will be retitled ‘Klim’ and will go into production in St Petersburg in August.

Alexander Tsekalo, co-owner of Sreda, who will remake the programme, said: “Luther is such a complex, smart character who always wins out with his intuition, provocative questioning and scientific methods. Russian audiences will love it – everyone’s looking for the next Sherlock, and we think Klim, our version of Luther, will be it.”

Klim has been commissioned for eight one-hour episodes and will be broadcast in 2015. Sreda previously reworked Life On Mars for Russian audiences, with remake Dark Side Of The Moon achieving critical acclaim and enough popularity for a second series.

The BBC aired three series of Luther between 2010 and 2013, and although the third series is likely to be the last, there is currently a feature film in development. Elba, meanwhile, has moved into Hollywood films recently appearing in the likes of Prometheus, Pacific Rim and Thor.