This is the actor Idris Elba at his very BEST. Smooth, intelligent, complex psychological criminal procedural in London. His department handles the worst serial killers and twisted minds. Makes “Criminal Minds” look tame by comparison.
I have PTSD so am usually unable to watch ANY violence, but Elba as DCI John Luther is such a large protective presence that I never felt the need to stop watching..although I DID fast forward through the torture scenes. There is no need for a **Spoiler Alert!!** as all four seasons and every episode has at least ONE torture scene. In fact in the UK where this is filmed, the series is considered an unintentional comedy for the amount of violence.
Superb actors in the supporting roles and these bad guys are REAL bad guys.
Idris Elba has been projected to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig does one more movie. However the world is still so very racist that a reviewer felt that Idris is too “street” to play a suave Bond. Well Daniel Craig proved that one doesn’t have to be silky smooth like Sean Connery to play the part. And I think that Elba is incredibly smooth...with superb insight and intelligence.