How to watch Season 5 of Luther — even from outside the UK

How to Stream Luther s05

After a three-year hiatus, DCI John Luther is back, and this time he’s investigating crimes that bring a chill to the spine.

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What is Luther all about?

Idris Elba in Luther

Luther is back for a four-part season — maybe its last — running from New Year’s Day in its native UK. Luther follows DCI John Luther, a maverick murder detective with a messy personal life. Idris Elba’s casting in this role is kind of ironic; fans of The Wire can’t help but notice that he’s playing an English McNulty. It’s also been a massive positive for the show, tying the franchise to the Critics’ Choice Television Award, Golden Globe Award, NAACP Image Award, and Screen Actors Guild Awards Elba has won for the role.

John Luther investigates new crimes in the fifth series, chasing a serial killer who… well, I won’t spoil it for you. His life is further complicated when old friend George Cornelius — series four’s crime boss — tasks him with finding his missing son.

Attacked from every side, working to solve some of the most gruesome crimes of his career on two cases that seem to have more and more to do with each other, and struggling to put his personal life on an even keel, Luther’s one to watch.

The cast of Luther

The Cast of Luther

Idris Elba will be returning, of course; No Luther, no show. But DCI John Luther’s not just getting a string of grisly new murders to investigate. He’s getting some of his old acquaintances back too, including Ruth Wilson’s murderer-cum-love-interest Alice Morgan, and Bafta-winner Wunmi Mosaku as DS Catherine Halliday.

Where can you watch Luther?

Luther has already aired in its entirety, over on BBC One. The episodes were released over four consecutive days, and were available on iPlayer shortly afterwards.

However, ‘available’ doesn’t always mean that everyone can access them. What about if you’re outside the UK? The BBC doesn’t syndicate well and it notoriously geoblocks its content. If you don’t have a UK IP address, you’ll need to get one.

Here’s how.

How to stream Luther from outside the UK

If you’re locked out because you don’t have a UK IP address, you can get one. All you need is a VPN. VPNs conceal your IP address by sending your traffic encrypted to servers around the world before it’s released onto the open web; connect to a UK server and you’re away.

In theory.

In practice, many streaming services don’t let you get away with that sort of thing anymore. They’re getting better at spotting when you’re using a VPN and responding by blocking you anyway.

So you need a VPN that can penetrate these defences and unblock the content you want every time.

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Nord is fast and secure, and it has a huge server net. Most importantly, it reliably unblocks content and has for a long time. It’s a major selling point for the brand, and it’s likely to go on being true for a long time.

Fire up Nord, connect to a UK server, and set up an iPlayer account.

BBC iplayer with VPN

So fire up your VPN first!

After you have an account, you should be good to go. (Be aware that this breaches the terms and conditions of BBC iPlayer and could result in a ban.)

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