Gritty and highly intelligent, Luther was a true gem amongst the stones of television shows. The British TV series crept onto screens in 2010 and was broadcast on BBC One. Like many BBC shows, Luther had relatively few episodes (six in Series One, and four in Series Two and Three), but every episode was packed full of quality; at every corner there was a different twist or turn, a new, exciting character was introduced or re-appeared and there was never a dull moment throughout the three series. Luther is perhaps one of those shows where you are truly sad that it was so short-lived, as it had so much potential to be even better and long-lasting, but considering how long production took for the episodes (there was a two year gap between series two and three) it almost seemed inevitable that it would come to a close.
Helping (and stalking) Luther on his journey was Alice Morgan, portrayed by Ruth Wilson, a highly intelligent psychopath who killed her parents and developed an obsession with Luther. Assisting John on several tasks (including killing people who had wronged John and helping him escape from custody); Alice proved that she was a vital part to the team. Two parts disturbing, three parts creepy and an ounce of adorableness, Alice and Luther made for a dynamic duo, and Wilson and Elba’s on-screen chemistry was electric. Completing the unstoppable team was Justin Ripley, played by Warren Brown. Ripley was a young policeman who was loyal to Luther till the end. Ripley and Luther got in a number of tight scrapes, but the two managed to soldier through and there was certainly a bromance going on between the two.
Luther is one of the shows that had everything, from creepy, but highly engaging and stimulating plots to well-thought out characters and fantastic dialogue. The suspense in Luther was built up brilliantly as it often relied on leaving out certain points or not being able to truly understand them until the ending sequence. While it is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of our beloved television series, there is hope in the future for a possible feature film or spin-off series involving Alice Morgan (fingers crossed).