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5 Shows like Luther: A Genius at Work

Luther is not just a simple ‘who done it’ crime drama, as it takes viewers further into the minds of the killer than most crime series. Be prepared to be spooked by just how far Luther will go in search of the truth. If you are looking for more TV shows like Luther, hit US TV series The Killing will offer a traditional detective story with a twist and The Fall will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Idris Elba plays the genius detective John Luther, who is always in search of his next case to crack. Luther explores gritty crimes in the goriest of circumstances, but our hero detective stays determined throughout.

John Luther is not without flaws, as he battles personal demons that cross over into his work. Luther often lets his emotions rule him and can be very unpredictable, which adds to the addictive nature of the series.

If Luther does not scare you off, other TV series like Luther include the excellent Happy Valley and the award-winning Broadchurch.

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‘Broadchurch’ (Kudos Film, 2013-)

A tight-knit community is torn apart when a young boy is murdered and the town is besieged by the police. The media is next to descend, hounding the residents of the town and uncovering dark secrets along the way.

Everyone is under suspicion as tension in the town rises and the residents have no way to escape the scrutiny. Olivia Coleman and David Tenant play the detectives in charge of the case, both producing outstanding performances as they struggle to come to terms with this tragic murder.

Similarity Match: 95%
Both Broadchurch and Luther take British crime drama to the next level, with excellent characterisation and depth of writing. Both are stunning TV shows, that you will love in equal measure.

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‘Happy Valley’ (BBC, 2014-)

Despite its name, Happy Valley is a far from a jovial piece of TV. Sergeant Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire, is on duty when a kidnapping plot goes horribly wrong and spirals into a web of crime.

The sleepy Yorkshire town that Cawood patrols is rocked by crime after crime. Will the police ever get to the bottom of what is happening? And does Cawood know more than she is letting on?

Similarity Match: 85%
Like Luther, Happy Valley will have you hooked after the first episode. Personal struggles come into play in this show too, adding another layer to the drama and keeping viewers invested in the characters.

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‘The Fall’ (The Artists Studio, 2013-)

Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson is assigned one of her toughest cases yet, as she searches for a dangerous murderer who is on the loose in Belfast.

Gillian Anderson is back to her best in this gripping TV show, that will have you hiding behind your sofa as you watch hunter Paul Spector preys on his next victim. Gibson and her team face a race against time, as the killer constantly outwits them and the case becomes darker and darker.

Similarity Match: 80%
If you are looking for classic ‘who done it’ crime drama like Luther, The Fall may not be the show for you. However, if you are looking for high class TV drama, with great writing and excellent casting, then you MUST watch it.

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‘The Wire’ (HBO, 2002-2013)

David Simon’s The Wire has won acclaim from all corners of the world, due to his hard hitting drama that lets us in on the dark world of drugs in Baltimore.

From the innocent kids on the street corners to high profile prisoners, The Wire tells the story of everyone that is involved in the drug chain and is often a tough watch. The writing in this show is outstanding and the performances from the actors will have you addicted.

Similarity Match: 75%
Idris Elba fans will relish watching him in the role that brought him fame, as he plays drug baron Stringer Bell. The two characters have more in common that you would think, but Luther ensures that he stays on the right side of the law.

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‘The Killing’ (Fox, 2011-2014)

Another series like Luther is The Killing. When the body of 17 year old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car, Detective Sarah Linden is called in to lead the investigation into her death.

The case takes on lots of twists and turns, with those closest to home unable to free themselves from suspicion. Single parent Sarah, has her own personal issues, which viewers will empathise with. This US version of The Killing closely mirrors the original Danish version that led to the rise in Nordic noir.

Similarity Match: 70%
The Killing is gripping TV, but it focuses on one storyline, making the pace a lot slower than the fast paced Luther which jumps from one crime to another.

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What’s Next?

I hope you liked my suggestions for shows similar to Luther.

If you can think of another TV show that you’d like to recommend to other Luther fans, I’d love to read about a show where I can get my crime drama fix in the comments below.

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