Idris Elba has hinted that, just because Luther – his popular BBC crime drama – is set to hit the big screen, there may still be some action for small screen fans of the maverick cop. Speaking to Collider he said he'd like to "pick up after season three and figure out what happens next.

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"This season wasn't really designed to be closure, [even though] there's massive symbols,” he added. “My taking off my coat and [Ripley's death] point towards the end, but I don't think we did that intentionally to say, 'We're at the end of this, we're not going to do anymore.'"

Warren Brown, who plays Luther's sidekick Justin Ripley, isn’t totally sold on the idea of carrying on the TV series, but as for a film, he’s on unequivocally on-board. "Some shows get flogged and flogged and run out of ideas. It's been fantastic to be part of a great piece of television," he said.

"There's been talk of a film since the first series, so potentially it could go to the big screen, which I think would be fantastic. It's always had a very cinematic feel. I could easily see it transferring onto film. If there's a market or an audience for it, then fantastic."

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Elba, too, has been harbouring dreams of a Luther film. "I think the origin story is a classic superhero-type set up and I've always likened Luther to a superhero,” he said. "Our intention was always to take it to film, which is where we can really explore what makes this man tick...or go on more and more weird and experimental journeys with him, but using the film medium."