“It’s not Cracker but crackers.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

“Luther is the highest nonsense and the greatest fun. It’s not Cracker but crackers. (Idris) Elba is monstrously arrogant about his talents. Judging by the first Luther he has cause to be.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“Luther is a sort of distilled essence of every small screen sleuth who ever nicked a villain in primetime. He’s not so much a black policeman, he’s a policeman whose skin colour happens to be black and that is actually a very important and groundbreaking thing for a modern series.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“Luther is not bad but nor is it The Wire. It’s an above-average cop show – more interesting than The Bill, a bit cooler and London looks better. It tries hard, perhaps too hard, to be intelligent and interesting. But I don’t believe it.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“You might suspect that Luther is a more loose constellation of cop show clichés than fully formed character, but Elba brings the clichés to life on more than one occasion.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent