12/06/2017 16:15 BST | Updated 12/06/2017 21:32 BST

Idris Elba Prepares To Put Luther's Coat Back On For A New Series

Luther star Idris Elba has said he is looking forward to sporting the reckless detective's famous coat once again as the BBC has confirmed the gritty crime drama will return for a new series.

Filming will kick off early next year for four new episodes of the multi award-winning show, which follows 2015's two-part fourth series.

Elba, who plays the formidable DCI John Luther, said: "(Writer) Neil Cross, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together.

"I look forward to putting the coat back on."

Cross said of the show's return: "Now what? It's a question Idris and I get asked a lot. What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London?

"It can't be over, can it? There's so much we don't know. So much unfinished business.

"The thing is, we've been asking ourselves the same question. Because we love John and wonder what he's up to. And as for me, I'm scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who's going to stop them, if not John Luther?

"In the end, we picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they'd like to find out what happens next. It turns out they would. So that's what we're going to do. We're going to find out what happens next."

Cross added: "Now what? Luther's coming back. That's what."

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC drama, added: "Luther is one of BBC One's most iconic dramas and we're thrilled that Idris Elba is reprising his role as John Luther.

"Neil Cross's plans for his return promise some big surprises and what will turn out to be an utterly heart stopping and unmissable fifth series."

Since first arriving on screens in 2010, London-based psychological drama Luther has won a litany of top global accolades, including a best actor Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Elba.