It's been two years since we last saw a new episode of BBC One's gritty, fantastic detective drama Luther, but don't worry: the show is indeed returning for a third series this fall. Showrunner Neil Cross and star Idris Elba have been up to different things during the break (Cross penned two episodes of Doctor Who and this year's horror film 'Mama,' while Elba's appeared in films such as Prometheus and this summer's Pacific Rim, but they're bothback together for Luther's four-episode third season, which has just received an official premiere date from BBC America.
Luther's third series will air four days in a row on the network, from September 3-6. It's currently unknown when BBC One will premiere the episode, but it's unlikely that BBC America will give Luther fans the same-day airing privelege they give Doctor Who fans.
The show's third series will feature actress Sienna Guillory as Luther's new love interest, though the plot for series 3 is being kept under tight wraps. It has been hinted that one-time main character Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) will make at least one return appearance in series 3, as there are still plans for a spin-off centered on her character. Cross and Elba have repeatedly referred to series 3 as the show's last, and stated that it will serve as the lead-in to a planned feature film.
September is a long ways away, but at least we've finally got a date down for the much-anticipated Luther 3. I know I can't wait -- what about you?
Luther series 3 premieres September 3 on BBC America.