Idris Elba has said he cannot watch Luther – because it is too dark. The actor said Shrek is more popular in his household. The 46-year-old star is returning to the BBC One drama for a fifth series, beginning on New Year’s Day.

He said: “I try not to watch the show. It’s dark, very dark.”

Idris Elba
Idris Elba (Ian West/PA)

The Sun quoted the actor, who has a four-year-old son, as saying: “I’ve got my son so we just watch Shrek.”

We were at a recent screening of the new series of Luther, where Elba spoke of plans to make a Luther film, with series creator, Neil Cross, writing the script.

“We’ve got the skeleton of an idea,” he said. “This series has the film very much in its sights.”

Elba said: “I think the remit for the film is to scale it up.” He also described seeing Luther in the same realm as films like Seven and Along Came a Spider, “I think what we would like to do is use that blueprint to create Luther the film.”

This season sees one of our faves, Wunmi Mosaku, join the cast as D.S. Catherine Halliday. Promo for the first season’s official description:

“While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption.”

The fifth series of Luther premieres on New Year’s Day on BBC One and BBC iPlayer – and will be broadcast over four consecutive nights.



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