Luther is a British crime drama television series starring Idris Elba as the title character DCI John Luther, written by Neil Cross.
The first series comprised six episodes which ran in May and June 2010. A second series of four episodes aired on BBC One in June and July 2011. A third series was commissioned in 2012, comprising four episodes which aired in July 2013. A two-episode fourth series was broadcast in December 2015. A fifth series of four episodes premiered on 1 January 2019. BBC Studios handles the distribution of the series.