Luther 3, Scott & Bailey finale, Elementary in London, Mad Dogs 3, Tamzin Outhwaite for New Tricks

Idris Elba in Luther series 3, BBC1
Stormy times ahead for lovestruck Luther. Pic: BBC
• He may not be back on our screens until September, but here is an early peek at Luther to keep fans going. The third series starring Idris Elba as the slightly unhinged detective will see Sienna Guillory joining the cast as Luther’s new love interest, Mary Day. What will psycho Alice have to say about that?

• Watch out for a double bill of Scott & Bailey this week, wrapping up what has been a terrific series (ITV, Wednesday 22 May, Thursday 23 May, 9pm). Here’s a video going behind the scenes of the finale…

Elementary, Sky Living’s US Sherlock Holmes update with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, will be filming the opening episode of season two in London — its first venture outside of New York. Sherlock is called to Blighty to revisit an old case and, while doing so, is forced to face his past. Meanwhile, Watson learns more about Holmes’s mysterious life…
Sky1's Mad Dogs series 3, Woody (Max Beesley), Quinn (Philip Glenister), Baxter (John Simm) and Rick (Marc Warren)
The future’s orange… but not so bright for the boys
Mad Dogs makes a welcome return to Sky One on Tuesday, 4 June. The holiday from hell continues for the four guys — Woody (Max Beesley), Quinn (Philip Glenister), Baxter (John Simm) and Rick (Marc Warren) — as we meet them locked up in a dilapidated prison in the desert, where torture and interrogation are the order of the day. Jaime Winstone is also behind bars, playing the feisty Mercedes… 

Tamzin Outhwaite is joining the cast of BBC1’s hit drama New Tricks, lining up alongside Dennis Waterman, Denis Lawson and Nicholas Lyndhurst. She’ll be stepping in as Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong join James Bolam in leaving the hugely popular show. Former EastEnders star Tamzin will play DCI Sacha Millard. Armstrong is reported to be leaving the show in episode four of the tenth series, while Redman will depart during the eighth instalment.

Orphan Black, BBC America, starring Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning
Sarah takes on a dead woman’s identity
• BBC3 has acquired a new thriller called Orphan Black from its US wing, BBC America. Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah Manning, an orphan who witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks like her. Naturally, Sarah assumes her identity, bank account and boyfriend. Then she discovers she’s in the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

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  1. You missed the best cop in your poll – namely Foyle from Foyle’s War. Now there is a real cop!

  2. Sorry, but the best male TV cop continues to be Sam Tyler. Even dropped back in the Neanderthal days of 1973, Sam still ran rings around “lock ’em up – whether innocent or guilty – so we can get drunk off our arses” Hunt. And Tyler looked pretty frikken hot in that leather jacket … and tight pants. Yeah, baby.

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