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times for a Golden Globe, win­ning one. So it makes sense that Elba couldn’t turn his back on the ge­nius cop.

Repris­ing the tit­u­lar role for a fifth se­ries, the star will find his char­ac­ter caught up in a new night­mare as he is once again called to im­merse him­self in the depths of hu­man de­prav­ity.

While Lon­don’s mon­strous and seem­ingly in­dis­crim­i­nate killings be­come ever more au­da­cious and pub­lic, Luther and new re­cruit DS Cather­ine Hal­l­i­day – played by Bafta win­ner Wunmi Mosaku – face a tan­gle of leads and mis­di­rec­tion that seems de­signed

as part of their New Year res­o­lu­tions. In this doc­u­men­tary, Dis­patches in­ves­ti­gates the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of ve­g­an­ism. It’s bet­ter for your health, the en­vi­ron­ment and an­i­mals but why do some ac­tivists re­sort to such ex­treme tac­tics to pro­mote it? Re­porter Mor­land Sanders meets farm­ers who feel in­creas­ingly wor­ried about some ve­gan protests and looks into the ide­ol­ogy be­hind the diet, speciesism.

THURS­DAY Back in Time for School (BBC2, 8pm)

Fif­teen teenagers and three teach­ers em­bark on a time-trav­el­ling ad­ven­ture through 100 years of school his­tory. Led by pre­sen­ter Sara Cox and so­cial his­to­rian Polly Rus­sell, the vol­un­teers

Idris Elba as John Luther with Wunmi Mosaku, who plays new re­cruit DS Cather­ine Hal­l­i­day

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