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Just a heads up that this starts tonight and runs through friday. I loved the first season, the 2nd wasn't quite as goode but still compelling. Going by the ads, this one looks interesting and I'm excited about it.

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I'm still trying to figure out if tonight (9/3 @10ET) is a "new" episode, given that there's another tomorrow (9/4 @9ET) ... I punched the record button anyway.
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Pity about the thread title. tongue.gif


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Right ... s/b # 4? I've lost count ...
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This season appears to be 4-parts and they are running consecutively daily this week Tues-Fri night @ 10pm EDT, and a re-airing 2am EDT I believe... so you'll need to record every night (starting tonight) to catch the whole series.

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This season appears to be 4-parts and they are running consecutively daily this week Tues-Fri night @ 10pm EDT, and a re-airing 2am EDT I believe... so you'll need to record every night (starting tonight) to catch the whole series.

Right ... I eventually figured it out ... it was the alternating start times that confused me, I was thinking repeats instead of "strip."

PS: I do believe it's Luther ... not (Lex) Luthor ... still have no clue on the "series" # wink.gif
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Tonight's new episode of Luther airs at 9pm, not 10pm (a new episode of Broadchurch is airing at 10pm). BBC America was originally going to have Luther S3 at 10pm from Tuesday to Friday (and skip Broadchurch this week), but since Broadchurch is getting good ratings, BBC America decided to air it in its normal slot this week, thus bumping Luther up to 9pm.

The Thursday and Friday episodes of Luther S3 are still scheduled for 10pm.
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Pity about the thread title. tongue.gif

Fixed.smile.gif Apparently, I was thinking this was a superman spinoff...rolleyes.gif

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Tonight's new episode of Luther airs at 9pm, not 10pm (a new episode of Broadchurch is airing at 10pm). BBC America was originally going to have Luther S3 at 10pm from Tuesday to Friday (and skip Broadchurch this week), but since Broadchurch is getting good ratings, BBC America decided to air it in its normal slot this week, thus bumping Luther up to 9pm.

The Thursday and Friday episodes of Luther S3 are still scheduled for 10pm.

Good catch... I had been ignoring the first run because I record other things... so I'm having to record the 2am airings.

That would explain, though, why next week's EPG has this week's Broadchurch airing again! I was wondering why the glitch, but I guess they changed their mind and haven't updated the info for next week yet.

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Pity about the thread title. tongue.gif

Fixed.smile.gif Apparently, I was thinking this was a superman spinoff...rolleyes.gif

Yeah, I figured Lex might be involved. biggrin.gif


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Based on comments at Hitfix, the first episode of Luther on BBCA had 8 minutes of content cut for time.


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Unless Luther is airing with "limited commercials," BBC America is most likely cutting 14-15 minutes from each episode. In a standard 60-minute slot, BBC America cuts a show like Luther, which runs 58-59 minutes, down to about 44 minutes.

This is most likely due to low ratings. Luther S2 averaged just 125,000 viewers, which is very low for BBC America (as a point of reference, recent hits like Ripper Street and Orphan Black averaged 375,000 viewers). Being Human S5 was the same way -- the first 3 episodes aired in 75-minute slots at 10pm, but averaged just 100,000 viewers, so it was moved to a 60-minute slot at 11pm because repeats of Star Trek: TNG gets more viewers (average 200,000-250,000).

Broadchurch is averaging 500,000 viewers, so two weeks ago, BBC America announced that it would air a new Broadchurch this week and bump Luther to 9pm for one night.
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I missed recording the first of this series - got the other three. BBC has this annoying habit of not repeating their series - The Hour being another example - so if you miss an episode, it's gone forever, unless you buy the DVD.

Anybody have an opinion on the quality of this show? As someone else said, the first season was great, the second not so much, so this could be worth viewing - or not.
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I missed recording the first of this series - got the other three. BBC has this annoying habit of not repeating their series - The Hour being another example - so if you miss an episode, it's gone forever, unless you buy the DVD.

Anybody have an opinion on the quality of this show? As someone else said, the first season was great, the second not so much, so this could be worth viewing - or not.

Since you agree woth my opinion of the first two seasons, you're going to have to see this one. The best so far, imo. Elba is amazing. With all the great performances on cable tv, Luther might be the best of the lot. Even better than Cranston on BB, although when you get this good it becomes a matter of personal taste.as to who is best. But Elba definately belongs in the discussion, and this season showcases his performance even better than the first two. Can hardly wait for Alice to show up. smile.gif

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The first two seasons of Luther are on Netflix and on demand for my cable company. I had seen a couple of episodes from the second season but I was a bit lost not having much background. I watched all 10 shows in anticipation of this season and have enjoyed it though not as much as the first two seasons. It is quite a trip seeing American actors pretending to be British. wink.gif

Anyway, it is a high quality show. Wish there were more eps.

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. It is quite a trip seeing American actors pretending to be British. wink.gif

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Who are you referring to?

Just a joke about Idris Elba/Stringer Bell. Hence the emoticon.

Btw, excellent finale.

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Just a joke about Idris Elba/Stringer Bell. Hence the emoticon.

Btw, excellent finale.

Joke maybe but btw he is British

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It is quite a trip seeing American actors pretending to be British. wink.gif

Yes - I do wonder how many people who watched The Wire will think Idris is American playing a Brit rolleyes.gif (He's a Brit who played an American in The Wire, as was Dominic West, another Brit - who went to the same, very prominent public (=private in the UK) school also attended by Princes William and Harry - Eton)
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That's a pretty British thing. 13 parts is a long as anything other than a continuing series (soap or similar) really gets in the UK in a seaon - and many are only 3 or 4 parters. I think it's quite common for UK series to be written by a single writer, rather than a team, so that is one factor. The other is that quite a lot of the harder-hitting drama is commissioned by BBC Two, which is the BBC's second channel (!) and has lower budgets than BBC One (which runs more 'continuing drama' in prime time), so they aren't able to commission as much drama (and have factual, comedy, panel show and feature programming in their schedule in similar time slots)
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Joke maybe but btw he is British

Maybe I shouldn't try jokes. I know he's British.

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Maybe I shouldn't try jokes. I know he's British.

I got it daryl. I never got into The Wire but I have seen a couple episodes with Elba. And yes, I know the high regard the Wire is held in. Did I understand right, was Dominic West also in it? He was amazing in The Hour...

I've noticed a lot of british shows are written by one person, and I think thats a lot of the appeal they have for me. Having one vision guiding the show adds to the unity of the episodes, makes it almost like viewing a novel. The way Alice keeps returning for example. One gets the feeling that it was always the plan to have her flow in and out of the story.And what a character! Watching the finale I couldn't help thinking of a certain serial killer in Miami smile.gif Alice is at least as fascinating and even more strangely likeable than that guy, she deserves her own spinoff. Has there been any word on whether there will be a fourth series?.Would love to see where they would go from here.

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Maybe I shouldn't try jokes. I know he's British.

This Brit got it... Keep it up!

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Ah ... nothing like a good "Luther" marathon on a Saturday night.

I noticed the abandoned shopping mall from "The Fades" made an appearance, probably some other re-locations in there too. wink.gif

PS: Must be a Canadian/European thing but it seems like building the only entrance to an apartment located in a high-rise building on the "second floor" of said apartment would be somewhat "unsafe" in a fire situation ... climb up to climb back down? It just seems like an odd architectural choice to me.

Yet we have examples from BSG, Continuum and now Luther ...
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PS: Must be a Canadian/European thing but it seems like building the only entrance to an apartment located in a high-rise building on the "second floor" of said apartment would be somewhat "unsafe" in a fire situation ... climb up to climb back down? It just seems like an odd architectural choice to me.

Not uncommon for the main entrances not to be on the lowest level (I've seen many designs where the lower levels are below road-level, or where you have to go up to steps to the main entrance) - but any decent sized building would have to have more than one exit to pass fire regulations. (Dull in plot terms...)
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Not uncommon for the main entrances not to be on the lowest level (I've seen many designs where the lower levels are below road-level, or where you have to go up to steps to the main entrance)

Sure ... Had to do that in NYC when they raised the streets 10-15 feet or so to cover those newfangled sanitary sewers et. al. wink.gif
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One would hope so ... especially in a "high-rise," otherwise it's kind of a deathtrap. wink.gif
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