Idris Elba was last seen (by me) on The Wire as the delicious, pragmatic, duplicitous drug dealer Stinger Bell. He was freakin’ brilliant in a freakin’ brilliant show (and if you have watched THAT yet, then there’s another one for your list).
He now stars in a show about a detective who went over the line, had a breakdown, and is trying to come back.
Let me say this: Idris alba is, well, scrumptious. He’s a tall drink of something naughty. I mean, just look:
Plus, dude can act.
Yeah, I know, another detective show, but the writing on this one is solid, the recurring big bad, played by Ruth Wilson, is the right combo of brilliant, nuts and funny. I also like the way they are writing Rose Teller, Luther’s boss, played by Saskia Reeves. Instead of the usual stereotypes of female head coppers–like the mom figure, the manly woman hardass, or the proper rule-follower–Teller has a wit, knows when to look the other way, and isn’t afraid to give Luther a bolloxing or free reign in equal measure.