Idris Elba: ‘I’m desperately trying to make more ‘Luther’ happen’

Elba last played the obsessive homicide detective in 2013

Idris Elba has revealed that he “desperately” wants Luther to return – if only for an one-off episode.

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.

Asked about the chances of a fourth series by the Radio Times, Elba replied: “I am desperately trying to make that happen. I think we’re gonna probably do one more incarnation on TV. But not a season – a one-off.”

“There’s a story idea but no script yet,” the 42-year-old actor continued. “But we’re gunning to do it at the end of this year. There’s a lot of pressure from everyone to make it, so we’re gonna do it.”

Explaining why playing the role of John Luther means so much to him, Elba said: “I played John at a very dark time in my life. And I so love John because I get to exorcise; it’s so cathartic, it’s therapy. He’s got so much going on, but he lives with it. He makes decisions and he does things that Idris Elba is not allowed to do.”

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.