It’s been 2-years since we last saw damaged but driven DCI John Luther throwing his coat into London’s Thames and heading off into a new life with sociopathic Alice Morgan. Well, a lot can happen in 2-years and a lot can go wrong. However, the December 17 debuting 2-hour fourth season of Luther is not wrong at all. In fact, as my video review above says, the return of the Idris Elba starring cop show is one of the strongest offerings yet of the Neil Cross created series.

Put simply, with Elba back in the coat and on the streets of London Town, this short BritGrit series is definitely one you should book off a few hours this week or over the holidays to enjoy on BBC America.

deadline-review-badge-dominic-pattenIn many ways, the timing of Luther Season 4, which plays in the UK today and on December 22, couldn’t be more perfect for Elba. Having snared both SAG Awards and Golden Globes nominations last week for both the cop series and Netflix’s Beasts Of No Nation, the actor is at full strength this awards season. Add those noms plus the release of the new Star Trek Beyond trailer yesterday with Elba as the pic’s villain, and its clear, he’s in full flight too.

On the latest Luther, the actor’s star power and ever growing range – two nice bits of old school TV muscle – are on full display. When Elba gets back on the job proper and shows up on the crime scene, you realize there really is no school like the old school. With a cannibal serial killer on the loose, a mobster’s vengeance hanging over Luther’s head and the mysterious fate of the Ruth Wilson played Alice still to be determined, the dank, bloody and deadly London of Luther is once again far from the Magic Kingdom of Love Actually.

However, even with a tendency to veer close to clichés, the fourth season of the series shows once again the legacy of past bruises and all Brit offerings like Cracker and Prime Suspect. Add to that a strong supporting cast with Dermot Crowley back as Luther’s old cop boss plus Game of Thrones and Downtown Abby alum Rose Leslie as the DCI’s new partner and you have, as my video review above also says, some eminently watchable and full of surprises television.

So take a look at my review of Luther Season 4 and tell us what you think?