Luther Finale Review: Double Fireworks

LUTHER: Tuesday 5th July, BBC1, 9pm

Whoever said men can’t multitask should take a close look at DCI Luther. With a dice-throwing game-playing psychopath to track down, a dead body to dispose of without raising the suspicions of gangsters and a semi-adopted daughter to look after, the detective certainly has his work cut out in tonight’s episode, the last of a short but very sweet second series of the show.

Bringing together all the loose ends from the previous three episodes, tonight’s finale certainly makes for excellent viewing, with a satisfactory and deciding happy ending to the exploits of the detective this series. The second half of a two-parter, we kick-off with one of two killer twins already under lock and key, with time ticking away in the race to decipher a coded notebook and find the other attacker before he racks up enough points to ‘advance levels’ and upgrade to bigger, more deadly weapons.

The chase is helped by the Grand Theft Auto killer dropping his wallet, leading police to find his hotel room and the key to cracking the notebook code: the bible. Once the detective tracks the murderer to a cafe in central London, police marksmen move in, only to find the dice-rolling madman strapped with enough explosives to leave Seb Coe’s Olympic dream in tatters. Don’t worry though, ‘cos super cop Luther is on the scene, and in dice-rolling terms he’s a boss that’s worth extra points. Walking into the ‘game’ covered head to toe in petrol, the detective tricks the killer into an irresistible roll of the dice inside a van before ordering marksmen to shoot through certain letters on the side of the vehicle. Textbook stuff, not to mention extremely tense viewing.

Once again this series, Idris Elba certainly has proved his acting skills, showing us there is life after The Wire. Judging by the success of the last four episodes in this series, season three looks to be sure thing for the Beeb. However, if there were to be a new series of Luther, viewers will no doubt hope for a return from the demented genius Alice, who sadly only made a brief appearance this time round. There’s also a couple of characters that could be fleshed out further, with goody two shoes Erin Gray just coming across as annoying a lot of the time, and DSU Martin Schenk slightly weak for someone that’s supposedly the head of a major police unit. Minor gripes aside, congrats to Neil Cross for writing another cracking piece of drama. Looks like the Olympic torch won’t be the only thing setting our screens on fire in 2012.