The BBC used a special event in London this week to announce a slew of new drama programming that it has planned for 2015 including a bunch of limited series.
The most notable of the announcements is that the original “Luther” is returning next year for an “event special” on BBC One. Idris Elba will reprise the role for the two hourlong episodes which begin filming March ahead of an airing late in 2015.
The news comes just a day or so after word came that U.S. network FOX has ordered a pilot for a remake of the British detective drama, news that has since met with a strong backlash in various comments and forums.
Creator Neil Cross is behind the two new installments which are rumored to be the precursor to an eventual “Luther” movie. No word as yet as to whether actress Ruth Wilson, currently starring in Showtime’s “The Affair,” will return as Alice Morgan in the new episodes.
Cross says: “Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out. We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.”
Also in the works at the network for next year is a three-part adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel “The Secret Agent,” the six-part political thriller series “Undercover,” and the eight-part cop drama “Cuffs”.