Idris Elba will return as DCI John Luther on New Year’s Day in the fifth series of the BBC One crime drama.
Luther will air on successive nights, with the whole of the new four-part series showing between 1 and 4 January 2019.
A recent trailer showed Elba’s Luther hunting down a masked killer and showcased new recruit DS Catherine Halliday, played by Wunmi Mosaku.
There was also a glimpse of Ruth Wilson’s Alice Morgan, despite her being apparently killed off previously.
Fans will be delighted to see Elba don his tweed coat for the first time since the 2016 edition of Sport Relief.
After the fourth series aired in 2015 there had been hopes it would spawn as a big-screen version, but a film never materialised.
Each episode of the new series will air at 21:00 GMT on BBC One and iPlayer.
The first episode will follow the festive edition of Doctor Who.
Elba recently opened up about the new series, telling reporters: “All I can say is we know how long the fanbase wait for the show, and we’re never taking that lightly.
“So as much as we have to keep one eye on how do we not do what we’ve done before, at the same time saying to the audience, ‘This is Luther’, so you recognise the traits.”
The trailer comes days after the BBC tweeted out a new scene as an “early Christmas present”.
The two-minute clip shows Luther being tortured by crime boss George Cornelius, played by Patrick Malahide, who is demanding to know the whereabouts of his son Alistair.