Luther script
Luther  Season #1 Episode #1 (2010)
Synopsis: Luther is a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers. Once the self-destructive detective knows the killer's identity, it becomes a psychological duel between predator and prey.

1 EXT. KTR MEDICO WAREHOUSE - NIGHT 1 - 00.00 1

A DECAYED, POST-INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURE. Wasteland.

2 INT. KTR MEDICO WAREHOUSE, MAIN AREA - NIGHT 1 - 00.01 2

HENRY MADSEN - a handsome man in suit and tie - stands alone in

this VAST FORSAKEN SPACE. Breathing exerted, afraid. Thinking

hard. Scanning the DARK CORNERS for what predators may lurk

there -

He SPINS, looks behind him. Sees NOTHING. Just darkness and

silence. Sound of DRIPPING WATER. His harsh breathing. And a

sense of TERRIBLE THREAT in the LOOMING SHADOWS.

And now

A FOOTSTEP. Somewhere out there - in the shadows.

He takes a SINGLE RETREATING STEP. And another. And a third faster

now, moving backwards - as the ECHOING FOOTSTEPS in the

vastness of this terrible place grow CLOSER and CLOSER.

And now he’s running - headlong through this awful place - away

- just away -

3 EXT. MADSEN HOUSE - NIGHT 1 - 00.02 3

A MASSIVE POLICE OPERATION outside an ORDINARY SUBURBAN HOUSE.

A UNIFORMED OFFICER emerges, mud covered. Approaches DETECTIVE

SUPERINTENDANT ROSE TELLER - who’s looking at a PHOTOGRAPH OF A

YOUNG GIRL.

TELLER:

Nothing?

The UNIFORMED OFFICER shakes his head.

Teller exchanges a pained, anxious look with DETECTIVE

INSPECTOR IAN REED. Who shrugs.

REED:

John said she’s here, so she’s here.

Keep trying.

UNIFORMED OFFICER nods, exits.

TELLER:

Her oxygen ran out two minutes ago.

4 INT. KTR MEDICO WAREHOUSE, VAT ROOM - NIGHT 1 - 00.03 4

Madsen has no choice but to scramble up a RUSTY LADDER - which

gives on to the VAT ROOM Only

one way out. A STEEL DOOR ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE

CHAMBER.

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To reach it, he must cross an ANCIENT METAL WALKWAY.

- Which spans a CIRCULAR BLACK CHASM WHICH

DIVES TO INFINITY.

A BLACK HOLE.

He turns from its evil maw. No way. He can’t.

He can’t do that.

Breathing heavily, casting round, looking for a way out - he

HEARS NOISES IN THE SILENCE.

Coming closer. Ever closer.

The ECHOES OF IMPENDING NEMESIS. A long, UNBEARABLE MOMENT

Until

Below, a SHABBY FIGURE appears. Implacable. Eyes that burn with

lunacy and murder.

Incredible as it seems - this is DETECTIVE CHIEF INSPECTOR JOHN

LUTHER.

He reaches the foot of the ladder. He advances on Madsen.

Who sprints across THE WALKWAY He’s

halfway across when SOMETHING FALLS - minor part of the

superstructure - a sheared bolt, maybe. It plunges,

reverberating, into darkness.

Madsen ignores it. Reaches the DOOR on the other side. It’s

metal. Riveted. Solid.

LOCKED.

He casts around. Finds an IRON BAR. Levers at the door.

Frantic, desperate.

But it’s not opening. No way.

He turns. Sees Luther. At the top of the ladder now.

Advancing.

Pausing at the edge of the walkway.

A moment of eye contact.

Madsen gives up on the door. It’s not going to open.

He’s TRAPPED.

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So he lifts the iron bar as a weapon -

And he and Luther advance on each other - crossing the walkway.

It JOLTS under their weight.

Madsen ready to kill.

Luther grinning. The light of madness in his eyes. Less a man

than a force of nature.

Vengeance personified.

5 SCENE 5 OMITTED 5

6 EXT. MADSEN HOUSE - NIGHT 1 - 00.05 6

Teller glares at her watch. Five minutes past midnight.

7 INT. KTR MEDICO WAREHOUSE, UPPER LEVEL, WALKWAY - NIGHT 1 - 00.06

7

Madsen and Luther advance on each other - converging on the

MOMENT OF VIOLENT CONNECTION When

Madsen stops. Suddenly.

A moment of EYE CONTACT Then

the WALKWAY GIVES WAY BENEATH HIS FEET - Madsen FALLS -

drops the crowbar - it tumbles into darkness -

he CATCHES HIMSELF - just in time -

- and hangs there - scrabbling, trying to climb -

Can’t. It’s too wet. Too slick.

Luther approaches. Edges as close as he can. Takes a moment of

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Neil Cross

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