Even though it’s one of the least Christmassy things ever made, Luther has a habit of joining us for the festive period.

It absolutely doesn’t seem like it, but it’s been a solid three years since Idris Elba graced our screens as the hard-hitting, hard-punching genius detective and we can’t wait to have him back.

It’s a shame that it’s been so long, but Elba is one of the biggest names in Hollywood at the moment and getting him to film in, what I imagine, isn’t a fantastically well-paid BBC drama (relative to his usual paychecks) has its drawbacks.

So anyway, the BBC decided to preview its Christmas Schedule via Twitter, and in the upcoming run on TV, Luther was mentioned as one of the upcoming shows…

As for when in the Christmas period Luther will join us, we don’t know.

The synopsis reads:

When the moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare, DCI John Luther played by Idris Elba is once more called to immerse himself in the deepest depths of human depravity.

While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday played by Wunmi Mosaku are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. But even as the case brings him closer than ever to the true face of evil, a reluctant Luther is forced to confront the unburied demons of his own recent past. Striding back into the line of fire, he must choose who to protect and who to sacrifice.

Whatever his next move, it will have devastating consequences for those around him – and change John Luther forever.

Can’t wait.

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