Friday, July 11, 2014

Neil Cross's Luther in the Emmy running

The third season of outstanding British detective drama Luther, created and written by Wellington-based novelist and screenwriter Neil Cross, has received three nominations for this year's prestigious Emmy Awards. Cross won the 2012 Ngaio Marsh Award for LUTHER: THE CALLING, a prequel novel to the acclaimed television series.

I've been a big fan of Luther since its debut, and am very glad to see Cross, and the series, getting well-deserved recognition from fans, critics, and award judges alike. The third season of Luther has received nominations for Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (for star Idris Elba), and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special (for Cross).

Back in 2009 I had the pleasure of interviewing  Cross for an article in Good Reading magazine, during which he briefly mentioned a television detective series he was working on for the BBC. That series turned out to be Luther, and it's terrific to see how far things have come in those five years, and all the success Cross has had with his screen storytelling (film and television), along with his excellent thriller novels.

You can read my review of the Season One DVD here.

Luther initially divided the critics, but quickly became widely recognised as a standout example of top notch British television drama. The first series won the prestigious Edgar Award in the US, and titular star Idris Elba won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in Drama for the lead role, amongst other accolades. The second season won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama.

I understand a film is in the works, though many are also hoping for a fourth TV series.

You can read more about Cross and his writing for Luther here:
Have you watched Luther? What do you think of the television series?

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