It’s approaching newly a year and a half since the TV favourite Luther last hit the small screen, but word has just come through that BBC America have given the big thumbs up for the go ahead on Season 5, and yes Idris Elba fans – the big man himself will be returning.

Currently slated as a limited return with only four episodes scheduled, no other cast or air date has been revealed but shooting is set to start early in the new year for the BBC and BBC America. Show creator Neil Cross confirmed the award-winning series return with a statement,

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“Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot. What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London? It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know. So much unfinished business.

The thing is, we’ve been asking ourselves the same question. Because we love John and wonder what he’s up to. And as for me, I’m scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who’s going to stop them, if not John Luther?

In the end, we picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next. It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next.

Now what? Luther’s coming back. That’s what.”

The last time Luther graced our screens was back in December 2015 with a two-hour TV Movie and fans have been chomping at the bit as to if and when the series will make a return, The fans aren’t the only ones that will be excited by this announcement, Idris Elba, who is currently filming his directorial debut, Yardie, went on to say “Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on,”.

Luther has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore, and is produced by BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm, and co-produced with BBC America. Elba and Cross executive produce with Marcus Wilson and Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.