Get Excited! Luther Returns...to screens & Tower Hamlets!
"There are some things that you might've heard about me that quite possibly could be true" - John Luther
Our work with BBC Luther continued this year with the return of the series for a new two-part special. The Film Office provided the BBC with their production offices for the series, Luther's main police office HQ location along with ongoing logistical support to provide the production's needs at multiple locations across the borough. It was a pleasure working with the professional crew and we're looking forward to seeing the final cut and how Luther tackles London's latest psychopath.
Written and created by Emmy nominated Neil Cross and directed by Sam Miller (No Good Deed, Fortitude) this Luther 2x60-minute special will also star Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Laura Haddock (Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Inbetweeners Movie), Darren Boyd (Fortitude, Spy), John Heffernan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Ripper Street) and Patrick Malahide (Indian Summers, The Paradise), with Michael Smiley and Dermot Crowley returning as Benny Silver and DSU Martin Schenk respectively.
As creator Neil Cross says "Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. Back to work" and back to Tower Hamlets of course!
Our versatile LEB Building in Bethnal Green provided the production offices, main police office HQ and provided the production a space to film multiple scenes for the series - including a fire arms shoot out between Luther and his enemies.
Shipton Street, St Leonard's of Shoreditch Church and Corbridge Crescent were all used for the various comings and goings of lead characters and backdrops for key character dialogue scenes and the main killer's house. Scenes see Luther kicking down doors and the Police arriving in their response vehicles.
Our management of the filming at multiple locations across the borough went smoothly thanks to our extensive experience in providing the full spectrum of the productions needs, our close working relationships with our local residents and businesses and our thorough knowledge of the day-to-day operations of our areas. We ensured people in the immediate vicinity of any activity were well informed prior to filming taking place so they could enjoy the presence of one of their favourite TV Detectives whilst minimising any disruption to their daily lives. Also, by providing alternative parking where necessary, obtaining donations for local groups (including a local community centre which provides a range of activities and services for the local people) we enabled local residents and businesses to benefit from accommodating Luther filming in their areas and at their locations.
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ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation, Star Trek Beyond) returns to his iconic role as a self-destructive near-genius detective on the edge of law enforcement. Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (Elba) will learn the hard way; he may never be able to walk away from capturing the tormented psychopaths that lurk the streets of London. His attempt to leave the darker side of humanity behind for a chance at a "normal" life is quickly thwarted when he's drawn into a terrifyingly complex case. A cannibalistic serial killer delivers a devastating blow that not only pulls him out of seclusion but pushes him closer to the edge than he's ever been.
Struggling to cope with his own demons after losing so much, it seemed normalcy would always elude the emotionally impulsive detective. Teflon tough, even the strongest couldn't endure what Luther has seen and been through. Hunting London's most depraved criminals forced him to tap into the dark recesses of his mind, revealing sides of himself that would horrify most. The heartbreaking loss of his wife to a brutal murderer and his inner-circle of colleagues turning on him in a witch hunt weren't enough to keep him away from the job. But watching his most trusted colleague and friend, Detective Sergeant Justin Ripley (Warren Brown, The Dark Knight Rises, Inside Men), die in his arms after getting caught in the crossfires of a case, finally pushed him over the slippery slope he's always towed. A forbidden connection with serial-killer, Alice Morgan, offered him a somewhat skewed version of a happy ending and he took it.
Elba on Luther's challenges: "I think there were bigger challenges when he lost his wife and his best friend…. That was a huge pinnacle and something that it took him a long time to get over. And in this [special] there is something similar that happens to him that is definitely traumatic."
This time we find Luther on a leave of absence from the police force, laying low in a rundown cottage. A visit from colleagues, Detective Chief Inspector Theo Bloom (Darren Boyd, Veep, The World's End) and Detective Sergeant Emma Lane (Rose Leslie, The Last Witch Hunter, Game of Thrones) brings a shocking piece of news that draws him back to London in search of the truth. At the same time, a gruesome cannibalistic serial killer has struck the city, eating body parts as he goes. With a trail of clues leading from one crime scene to the next, Detective Superintendent Unit Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley, Babel, Bleak House) and his team must work out the twisted logic that connects each victim. But this murdering mastermind is more than a match for Schenk's police, outsmarting them at every step. It's not long before Luther makes his triumphant return to the Bullpen, determined to capture the killer before another mutilated body joins the mounting pile. But he's dogged at every turn by ghosts from his past. Isolated and volatile, it will take every fiber of Luther's being to keep it together.
Reprising his iconic Golden Globe® - winning role
Elba on Luther's return to the Bullpen: "I think Luther goes back just because he can't stay away from it for too long. Ultimately, because he's a protector, [he] just wants to be able to fix what he can see other people won't be able to …"
Idris Elba has garnered both Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations for his role as DCI John Luther, with a Golden Globe® win in 2013. He was also honored at the 42nd NAACP Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
Written and created by Emmy®-nominated Neil Cross and directed by Sam Miller (No Good Deed, Fortitude) the Luther special also stars Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy, Ripper Street, Da Vinci's Demons) as Megan Cantor, a mysterious woman from Luther's past, John Heffernan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Ripper Street) as the sadistic cannibal Steven Rose, Patrick Malahide (Indian Summers, Game of Thrones) as George Cornelius, an old school gangster, and Michael Smiley (Doctor Who, Ripper Street) returning as computer whiz Benny Silver.
Elba says: "It's great we've been able to do this Luther special. John is so close to my heart, he's part of me. The fans won't be disappointed with his return - it's explosive and definitely goes up a gear!"
Luther is a BBC In-House Drama Production and BBC America co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide. The Executive Producer is Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC Drama Production, England and the producer is Marcus Wilson.
Elizabeth Kilgarriff says: "It's very exciting to have Idris Elba back as DCI John Luther and to be in east London shooting the show's fourth instalment. Neil Cross has pulled out all the stops to make this the biggest, scariest story yet and it's a privilege to welcome such a glittering array of acting talent to our already stellar cast."