The crime drama Luther returns to BBC America for its third installment (airing as a four-night event from September 3rd through September 6th), which finds Detective John Luther (Idris Elba) struggling to cope with his own demons. He’s back under intense pressure, with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down, all while attempting to pursue a chance at happiness with Mary Day (Sienna Guillory).
During a recent interview to promote the return of what is truly one of the most compelling shows on television, actor Idris Elba (who has won a Golden Globe Best Actor award for his work on the series) talked about the overall theme of Season 3, how much John Luther has changed since Season 1, Luther’s new love interest versus his relationship with Alice (Ruth Wilson), why he thinks Luther is a perfect character for the big screen, what excites him about exploring a prequel story, and the chances of possible future seasons. He also talked about balancing his work on the series with all of the films he’s been doing, his preparation to play Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, how his experience on The Wire fits into the arc of his career, his desire to do another American TV series, and where he’d like to take his career, in the future. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.