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Luther and Death in Paradise to return

BBC Head of Drama, Ben Stephenson has confirmed that Luther and Death in Paradise are to return to BBC One, at the Broadcasting Press Guild Lunch.

Death in Paradise was described by Stephenson as "old-fashioned fun with a modern slant". It stars Ben Miller as a British policeman who is relocated to the Caribbean. Its last series peaked at 6.78 million viewers in 2011. It will return for eight episodes later this year.

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The Head of Drama also confirmed that Luther starring Idris Elba will return for four more 60-minute episodes. It attracted up to 6.77 million viewers in its last run. Actor Elba said earlier this year that he was hoping for a third series of the drama and expects that the new series will feature "more mayhem".

Elba also revealed his aspirations for a big screen adaptation of Luther:

"I really do want to make Luther into a film. I think that's where the ultimate Luther story will unfold, the big silver screen."

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After the success of The Tudors, the BBC is taking on the battle of the Yorks and the Lancasters in a new epic drama about the War of the Roses. The drama will cover the bloodiest period of English history through the perspective of power women who "shaped their men and who shaped history in the process". It is an adaptation of Phillipa Gregory's best-selling series of books The Cousin's War. The BBC has yet to confirm who is cast in the drama and how many episodes there will be.

It seems that the BBC are keeping to their promise of having a renewed focus on BBC One Drama.

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