BBC America Greenlights 'Luther' Sequel

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BBC America will co-produce a sequel to its Luther mini-series to air later this year, the network announced Wednesday.

The series, which stars Idris Elba, will return to BBC America, although network officials would not say how many episodes it will produce for the sequel. Elba last week won a best actor NAACP Image Awards for his portrayal of John Luther, a near-genius detective who is tapped to solve crimes while struggling with his own demons and the brutal murder of his wife.

The drama averaged 218,000 viewers during its seven-episode run last fall.

"It's great to be involved once again with such a critically-acclaimed series and to have Idris back on BBC AMERICA in this iconic role," said Perry Simon, General manager, channels for BBC Worldwide America in a statement. "He fully deserves the prestigious awards and accolades he's received for playing this dark and deeply disturbed character. With an even more intense storyline awaiting him, Idris will take Luther to a whole new level."

The network also confirmed an Entertainment Weekly report that top series Doctor Who will return on April 23. It will be the second season that the venerable British sci-fi series has starred Matt Smith as The Doctor, and the first in which portions were filmed in the United States.

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