Luther{jcomments on}Psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba to return to BBC One for third season.

BBC One’s controller Danny Cohen has ordered a third series of Luther, the Psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba, reports Broadcast. The re-commissioning of Luther comes despite Cohen’s previous statements about moving away from crime/detective dominated dramas; a reason given for his decision not to renew the Italian based drama Zen for a second series despite its relatively good performance.

A second four-part series of Luther aired on BBC One in June to consistently stronger ratings than the six-part first series in 2010. The second series, on average, had over 5 million viewers and was well received by critics. Luther also stars Paul McGann, Warren Brown and Ruth Wilson. As yet there are no details on how many episodes have been commissioned for the third series or when it will air though its likely it will go out on BBC One sometime next year.

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