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BBCA Sets Date For 'Luther'

Luther, a six-part psychological thriller starring The Wire's Idris Elba as a tormented London police detective, will debut Oct. 17 on BBC America.

A hit for BBC1 in the United Kingdom this spring, Luther is a BBC America co-production created and written by Neil Cross, the acclaimed suspense novelist and one of the lead writers on MI-5.

Here's the network's description: "Luther is a gripping, psychological thriller driven by a brilliant and emotionally impulsive detective. A self-destructive near-genius, Luther might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. In each episode, the murderer's identity is known from the start, focusing the drama on the psychological duel between predator and prey."

In addition to Elba, who played drug boss Russell "Stringer" Bell in HBO's The Wire, the cast includes Ruth Wilson (The Prisoner) as Alice Morgan, beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent and a key witness in Luther's first investigation; Steven Mackintosh (Criminal Justice) as Detective Chief Inspector Ian Reed and Luther's loyal friend and work colleague; Indira Varma (Rome) as Zoe Luther, who's had the strength to walk away from the man she still loves; Paul McGann (Withnail and I) as Mark North, unafraid to compete with Luther for Zoe's love; Saskia Reeves (Bodies) as Detective Superintendent Rose Teller, Luther's risk-taking boss, and Warren Brown (Occupation) as Detective Sergeant Justin Ripley, Luther's loyal, awestruck new partner.

The show premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT.