Friday, January 28, 2011

Great news: Neil Cross's acclaimed TV series LUTHER is coming to New Zealand TV screens

Last week I shared the news that Wellington-based novelist and TV screenwriter Neil Cross, whose novel BURIAL was one of the three finalists for the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, had received two Edgar Award nominations this year - for the writing in his acclaimed six-part BBC TV detective show Luther (see a trailer for the series above).

The show stars Idris Elba (of The Wire fame) as John Luther, a very unorthodox and troubled British cop. Elba received a Golden Globe nomination for his compelling performances in the role.
You can read more about the show (which has been picked up for a second season in the UK, and has also inspired a series of spin-off books, to be written by Cross), at Neil Cross's website here.

Now I can confirm that Luther is finally coming to New Zealand television screens, next month. The series will be shown on the UKTV channel, beginning on Sunday 6 February at 8:30pm.

You can read more about Luther in an article from yesterday's New Zealand Herald, here.

Have you seen Luther, in the US or UK? If so, what do you think? Have you read or watched any of Cross's other storytelling (the TV show Spooks, or books like BURIAL, CAPTURED, the Booker-longlisted ALWAYS THE SUN, and HOLLOWAY FALLS)?


  1. I haven't seen _Luther_ on TV, but Netflix will have it available some time in the future. So, I eventually will get a chance to see it.

  2. It seems to have divided critic and viewer opinion - there are some pretty mediocre, borderline scathing reviews, but then lots of people who love it, and think it's one of the very best things on TV. Interesting polarisation - which is often the sign of a good show (as opposed to a middle-of-the-road one). So I'm looking forward to getting a chance to see it for myself. Curious to see what I might think of it...