New Luther trailer confirms some exciting news about the BBC show


Warning - spoilers ahead! It feels like it's been forever since we last saw the popular Idris Elba starring as DCI Luther on our screens - but never fear. For fans of the show, there's some very exciting news.

The BBC have posted the first, full-length trailer of the return of show for season 5, and it has finally confirmed some news that fans have been speculating over for months.

The minute and a half long clip, set to a version of Britney Spears' Toxic, reveals that the fifth season will be just as dark, gruesome and gritty as the previous series'.

It also gives a first look at new recruit DS Catherine Halliday, played by Wunmi Mosaku. John Luther appears to be up to his old ways again, as he appears willing to do whatever it takes to catch the bad guy. In fact, it seems as though he may even put his new DS at risk at one point, as she asks the detective, "Did you use me as bait?" Uh-oh...

Then, there are also the inevitable, terrifying crimes that go on - with several people appearing in creepy masks in the teasy new trailer.

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But perhaps the most exciting part of the clip for fans is the moment when the face of Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson, flashes briefly across the screen at the very end of the trailer - finally confirming that Ruth Wilson will be back for the fifth season!

Fans were delighted by the revelation, with one writing on Twitter, 'YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS...!!!!!!!!!!! ALICE MORGAN is BACK...!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU🙏🙏🙏🙌🙌😄😄'.

Of course, Luther's former sidekick looked as though she was killed off in season four. But the new clip appears to suggest that all is not what it seems. So although Alice will return - in what capacity will she be back? Could she appear as a ghost, or in a dream? Or is she really alive? Only time will tell...

So what else do we need to know about Luther season five?

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What will Luther season five be about?

BBC bosses are, of course, keeping the plot under wraps until the first episode. But they have shared a few teasers over the last few weeks.

On the official website, an ominous description appears to suggest that the show will be as dark and as violent as ever, revealing that John Luther will be facing 'ghosts of his own past'.

It also states how the show will see 'devastating consequences' for the hardened detective - so what could that mean? We all know that the programme isn't averse to killing off characters left right and centre - so what's in store for them all this season?

The description reads, "As a series of monstrous killings becomes ever more audacious, Luther and new recruit DS Catherine Halliday are confounded by a tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an unspeakable horror.

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"But even as the case brings him closer than ever to the nature of true evil, a reluctant Luther must also face the ghosts of his own past. Striding back into the line of fire, he must choose who to protect… and who to sacrifice. Whatever his next move, it will have devastating consequences for those around him – and will change John Luther forever."

A short, 2-minute clip of the programme has also been released by the BBC, revealing that yet again, Luther is facing trouble from some scary-looking criminals.

But of course, the police pro doesn't take long to fight back - take a look at the clip here...

Who will be starring in Luther season five?

Of course, Idris Elba will be returning to reprise his role as the seasoned detective. But who will also be back? The BBC have confirmed that some other key characters, including Dermot Crowley as DSU Martin, and Michael Smiley, as Benny Silver, will also make their comeback.

And now, we know that Ruth Wilson will be returning as the slightly scary Alice Morgan.

Actress Wunmi Mosaku will also make her debut on the show in series five, as DS Catherine Halliday, Luther's new right-hand man.

How many episodes will there be in Luther season five?

Back in June 2017, it was confirmed that the fifth series will be comprised of four episodes, the same as seasons two and three. Which should give fans plenty of time to immerse themselves in Luther's terrifying world yet again...

Will Luther season five be the end of the show?

In the upcoming issue of Empire magazine, Idris Elba revealed that season five will not see the closing of Luther's story. However, he also shared that after this series, there will be 'a lot of changes' - suggesting the show might not be as we recognise it now.

So what exactly does that mean? We'll have to wait and see...

When will Luther season five air?

At the moment, we don't know. No specific air date has yet been confirmed for the return of the gritty police drama, but it looks as though we won't have to wait long, given that the show was included in the BBC's festive trailer.

We'll certainly be keeping our eyes peeled over the festive period - will you be tuning in?

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly,, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.