Luther: Season 3 (2013)


Season 3

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Idris Elba shines in the title role of Luther despite familiar circumstances that benefit from the shortened season.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 291

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Air date: Sep 3, 2013

A fetishist murders women in a horrific style that recalls unsolved cases from the 1980s as Season 3 begins. Luther's focus is divided when he is assigned to investigate the death of an Internet tormentor. Later, he meets a beautiful woman at a car crash.

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Air date: Sep 4, 2013

News of another murder has Luther comparing unsolved case files, and he orders Ripley to investigate the murder of the Internet tormentor alone.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2013

A vigilante-serial killer goes after past offenders. Meanwhile, Mary gets a visit from Gray and Stark.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2013

The vigilante targets Luther and those close to him. Stark and Gray take Mary to a secret place for her safety.

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Idris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on "The Wire," is back in the third season of "Luther" as he explores life on the other side of the law in this psychological crimedrama from acclaimed crime writer Neil Cross ("MI-5"). Elba portrays John Luther, a brilliant but tortured homicide detective who gets caught up in the psychological cat-and-mouse game between detective and criminal.The thirdseason includes DCI Erin Gray (Nikki Amuka-Bird)as she adjusts to her recent promotionand an ex-cop comes out of retirement questioning Luther's past. Cast members joining thethird seasonincludeDavid O'Hara as DSU George Stark and Sienna Guillory as Luther's new love interest, Mary Day.

Cast & Crew

Warren Brown
Justin Ripley
Michael Smiley
DS Benny Silver
Dermot Crowley
DSU Martin Schenk
David O'Hara
George Stark
Ruth Wilson
Alice Morogan
Kevin Fuller
Paul Ellis
Elliot Cowan
Tom Marwood
Maria Miles
Tessa Barnaby
Ned Dennehy
William Carney
Rupert Procter
Terrence Conran
Shaun Mason
Sean "Beanie" Beamish
Ryan Calais Cameron
Steve Meredith
Simon Wilson
Dr. Joe Green
Leila Kirkpatrick
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Critic Reviews for Luther Season 3

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

A "season" of Luther feels brief, because it is. After a two-year wait, the whole thing begins and ends this week. But because it wastes none of that time, it also feels like we've been studying this guy for a long time.

Sep 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Luther is a great example of all of the annoying a TV show can do and still be worth watching, so long as it gets some essential things right.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…
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Elba makes Luther's haunted, lonely soul into something faceted and more sympathetic than most of TV's broody detectives.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Is it stupidly brilliant or just brilliantly stupid? Don't mattah.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

At least he's going out on his own terms.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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This was a solid set of episodes for the show, though there was a bit more that could have been explored.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Luther is saved from terminal morbidity by the panache with which director Sam Miller handles the material.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The real reason Luther is so compelling can be summed up in two words: Idris Elba.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Luther is good at dropping in moments of heightened suspense just as you're starting to think the script is packed with so many cinematic clichés you might just laugh. That's if you weren't so scared.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The season finale wasn't quite the explosive full-stop that we'd come to expect, but it was a nice rounding off to this chapter of the show. Whatever will they do next?

Sep 21, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

After watching tonight, you'll check under the bed before slipping under the covers.

Sep 6, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

At this point, Luther is what it is, and we may be wishing we had it back if the film industry, which is doing its best to pry Elba away from TV, fails to use the actor's many skills to their fullest capacity.

Sep 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luther: Season 3

  • Mar 20, 2015
    Season 3 is a bit of a return to form, but the new female detective is incredibly unlikable. I'm still not sure why Wilson never got the screen time she so clearly deserved.
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  • Sep 22, 2020
    The weakest of the opening three seasons of 'Luther', but that's not to say it's a bad one - the opposite, it's a very good third coming. Not much more needs to be said about Idris Elba, he is yet again the key to the show and gives a hat-trick of superb performances. As for those around Elba, Warren Brown continues to be enjoyable as Ripley, as do Dermot Crowley (Schenk) and Michael Smiley (Benny). Nikki Amuka-Bird continues too. I still like her as an actress, but man does her character continue to irritate - Gray goes full-on hypocrite this season. She's joined by Stark (David O'Hara), who is like a Mini-Me in terms of what I found annoying about Gray in S2. Stark should be one of those characters you love to hate, kinda like Alice (Ruth Wilson) in the earlier seasons, but he's just simply irritating to see - at least to me. I found myself unappeased with a few of the storylines here, which is something that I didn't feel across S1/2. It's not that any of the plots are disappointing or negative, they just unfold in a way that allows me to be questionable about them. The final episode is fantastic, but the one or two before aren't as great as what we've seen before from this show - probably a victim of its own success more than anything, given how utterly brilliant the preceding load of episodes have been. I want to make it clear - I thoroughly enjoyed this when all is said and done, despite some (pretty minor) issues as mentioned. No matter what, I'm buzzing to watch the next two seasons.
  • Oct 09, 2019
    The side plot of anti-corruption investigating Luther feels a bit lame and Mary is a pretty bland love interest. But everything else is 10/10 television and I'm still scared to go in my loft after that one horrific scene.
  • Mar 19, 2019
    Less of Luther character in this one and more about morality. Stark and Grey arc didnâ??t add anything to the story.
  • May 03, 2017
    Its still really good, but Luther has less ingenius police work than the past, and more unfortunate, less Alice Morgan. In addition the main villain is a simpering coward who was at times intolerable and non captivating.
  • Apr 25, 2016
    7.0/10 — "Pretty Good"
  • Sep 13, 2015
    Short seasons, two episodes for each killer. A bit average the first two episodes, but the adrenaline in pumping hard towards the end.
  • Aug 04, 2015
    Really interesting cop show. Idris Elba is great as Luther. The odd, mostly one sided relationship he has with the genius socipath Alice Morgan (played by Ruth Wilson) keeps things interesting. She seems to be in love with Luther and trys to help him, even murdering a pedophile she believes Luther tried and failed to kill in order to keep him from implicating Luther. I generally like cop shows when they are done well. This one is.
  • Jul 10, 2015
    Con una carga dramática de más peso, absolutamente nada va en descenso en esta temporada (episodios bien escritos, buena fotografía y musicalización), mientras Luther va teniendo cada vez más todo en su contra, no nada más en lo profesional, sino en lo emocional.
  • Mar 06, 2015
    Just finished the third season of this British TV series, and it's worth watching. Like watching a never ending action flick with all the bells and whistles.

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