It will premiere Aug. 17 at 10 p.m. with an hour-long 1950s espionage-themed thriller, “The Hour,” and Elba’s “Luther” which is set its regular series debut on Oct. 2.
“British drama has long been a standard bearer of great scripted television and ‘Dramaville’ will showcase the very best of British creativity in a clear destination drama fans can easily find,” says BBC Worldwide America GM, Perry Simon. “It’s a real pleasure to welcome Idris back to the BBC America family as the host of ‘Dramaville.'”
Elba will play the London native John Luther, a detective struggling to balance the psychological demands of work while trying to manage his marriage.
The actor compared his new role to his former part as Russell “Stringer” Bell on “The Wire.”
“People compare Luther to Stringer, as if those are the only two characters I’ve ever been,” he told ‘Entertainment Weekly’ last October. “To be fair, those two characters appeal to a certain audience. For me, it’s entertainment.”
Check out the trailer of the second season of “Luther” below: