Luther season 5: Everything you need to know

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It's official: Luther is coming back

There's still "unfinished business" for Idris Elba's John Luther, so four brand new episodes are coming to BBC One to answer all of our questions – and pose some new ones.

"What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London?" asked series creator Neil Cross. "It can't be over, can it? There's so much we don't know. So much unfinished business.

"The thing is, we've been asking ourselves the same question. Because we love John and wonder what he's up to. And as for me, I'm scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who's going to stop them, if not John Luther?"

Here's everything we know about series five so far...

Luther air date: When can I see it?

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2017 has already been a packed year for Elba, but in between starring in massive blockbusters and directing indie gangster movies, he's slotted in more Luther for towards the end of the year.

In terms of scheduling, that likely means a return to the summer scheduling of the early seasons – we predict June / July 2018.

But, you know, don't track us down and arrest us if that doesn't turn out to be the case.

Luther cast: who's in it?

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It goes without saying that the show won't come back until Elba's ready, but he's not the only scheduling challenge for the team.

We'd be very surprised if Laura Haddock's Megan didn't come back as – SPOILER ALERT – she was established as Luther's next big bad at the end of season four.

We'd also predict series regular tech expert / World Of Warcraft fan Benny to pop up in season five. Ditto Dermot Crowley as Luther's boss Schenk. And there's every possibility that Rose Leslie could return as John's latest partner DS Emma Lane.

Then, of course, there's Ruth Wilson's Alice – apparently killed off in the previous series. But is she really gone for good?

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Series creator Cross has hinted at "some old friends" being involved in series five, while Elba has also teased the return of some familiar faces...

"There is a lot of excitement about the characters that are in this one," he said. "There's no point trying to make something unfamiliar. We're not reinventing the wheel."

So, fingers crossed for a miraculous resurrection. As for the rest of the cast, bookmark this page for all the latest news and announcements.

Luther on Netflix: Will it stream?

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With every season of Luther going onto Netflix (including the most recent season four, but only in the States), some fans have wondered if the show could come back via the streaming site.

We'd say it's probably unlikely – the BBC know how precious Luther is, and are unlikely to let it go without a fight – but we wouldn't be surprised if Netflix was trying to work out some way of getting in on the action.

After all, Elba fronted Netflix's incredible movie Beasts Of No Nation, so the company's definitely a fan of the actor.

Could the long-rumoured Luther film eventually get backing from the streaming service? It's exactly the sort of branded content Netflix loves, and they've got the money to do it… mark us down for a 2020 Luther movie directed by House Of Cards showrunner David Fincher, please.

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