BBC looks to America to co-produce Luther

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 30-01-2012

Taking full advantage of the popularity of its detective series in the US, BBC America has today confirmed it is to co-produce the next instalment of its critically-acclaimed drama, Lutheras part of its Dramaville franchise.

The series starring which won its star Idris Elba a well-deserved Golden Globe award, following on from his much-acclaimed performance in cult series The Wire, will premier later this year. Elba also received an Emmy nomination for his role as John Luther and was also honoured at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
He is nominated again this year for an NAACP Image Award along with Luther, which is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. Luther also won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay and was nominated for a 2011 NAMIC Award for Best Drama.
Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and established in 1998, BBC America was set up to deliver ‘high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming’ to US audiences and has been the launch pad for Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, and Graham Norton among others and the programming formats such as Top Gear and like Doctor Who.
Commented Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America: “We’re delighted that Idris’ performance in Luther has been recognised this year with a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination. His iconic role as John Luther has quickly become one of the most powerful detective characters television audiences have ever seen. Luther has been integral in establishing our new Dramaville franchise, the home for ground-breaking British drama. We’re excited to work once again with the incredibly talented writer Neil Cross and executive producer Phillippa Giles on this new ambitious four-part mini-series.”