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US cop star Idras undergoes a Lutheran conversion

As a Wire bore, I half dreaded the BBC’s new cop drama Luther.

Yes, it would be great to bask again in the powerful presence of Idris Elba, who was brilliant as The Wire’s Stringer Bell, one of the real lynchpins of that series’ moral tale. But so devoted was I to the idea of Elba as a Baltimore drug dealer with Gatsby-esque aspirations, I balked at the notion of a flat London accent and a script which would surely feel contrived in comparison.

When I did watch this intelligent, engaging drama, it struck me that this was the first time I’d seen Elba interact with women onscreen (Stringer only did business) and he was a revelation.

Whether he’s being a suggestive flirt, a passionate interrogator or a spurned, still in love husband, he is absolutely electric.

In terms of sexual chemistry no current British TV actor compares. So it turns out I can take Luther after all.

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