How to watch Luther Season 5



Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.

Luther is back as Idris Elba takes up his detective roll once more. Season 5 has now officially kicked off and is airing in the UK on the BBC network and in this guide, I’ll be showing you how you can watch anywhere.

If you’re outside the UK in the US, Canada, Australia or many other locations then like a winter’s night in London you’ll be left out in the cold with the possibility of having Season 5 ruined.

Spoilers, news sites and gloating UK relatives and friends could all let slip the storyline and plots.

What’s more annoying is Luther Season 5 won’t start to stream in most countries until months or sometimes years after it’s premiered in the UK.

In some countries, it won’t even be shown at all and in others unless you’ve got the specific cable network it’s being shown on then you may have no legitimate way to watch.

There is however a super easy way you can watch Luther Season 5 outside the UK right now. Best of all it’s a legitimate site so you won’t need to resort to any of those sketchy websites. Below I’m going to show you how.

What you’ll need to watch Luther Season 5

As I’ve already mentioned, Luther Season 5 is now available in the UK on the BBC network.

It’s also available to UK viewers online on the BBC iPlayer service.

If you’re outside the UK then you’re going to need a VPN app. This will allow you to pretend you are in the UK allowing you to watch Luther on BBC iPlayer like the Brits.

VPN apps are completely legal apps to help you protect your privacy by disguising your location.

Where can I get a VPN app?

VPN apps are sold by hundreds of different companies and a quick search of your favourite search engine will throw up tons of results.

This can be mega confusing.

Be careful not to just choose any because some are too slow for video and others are blocked from the BBC iPlayer service.

My recommendation is to use ExpressVPN. They’re the best choice for watching Luther outside the UK. Plus they have a handy 30-day money back guarantee in the unlikely event you can’t get it working.

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If you’ve got time and want to check out a few other good choices then take a look at NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN too as they’re also suitable.

Now you know exactly what you need to watch Luther, follow the step-by-step guide below where I’ll show you how to use the VPN to watch Luther in your country.

How to watch Luther Season 5 outside the UK

To watch Luther Season 5 outside the UK you just need to follow the simple steps below.

This shows you everything from getting a VPN to watching Luther. Best of all it will take you less than 5 minutes to complete.


  1. Head over to the ExpressVPN website by clicking here and sign up for their service.
  2. Download their app from the ‘Products’ section of their website and install it.
  3. Open the app and login with the account details you created when signing up.
  4. Press the ‘Choose Location‘ (1) button and then ‘United Kingdom‘ (2).
  5. Press ‘Connect‘ or wait for the app to connect automatically.
  6. Once the app has connected visit the BBC iPlayer Luther page or use their app.
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Can I watch the entire Season 5?

Yes, when using a VPN it’s the same as physically being in the UK.

This means you can watch all of Luther Season 5 at the same time it airs in the UK. If you can’t watch the ‘live’ viewings then don’t worry because you’ll be able to watch them on catch-up.

At the time of writing all 5 seasons of Luther are also available to watch so if you’ve missed one or two episodes of previous seasons or you’ve missed entire earlier seasons then you’ll be able to binge-watch those too.

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What if I don’t have the BBC iPlayer app?

Watching Luther from the comfort of your bed or laying on the sofa is definitely the way to do it, I hear you. We’re all guilty of binging on our tablets or phones these days.

However, for ease watching on a desktop or laptop is ideal because you don’t need any extra apps apart from the VPN app from ExpressVPN.

If you insist on watching on your tablet or phone then you will need the BBC iPlayer app to do this. Downloading it outside the UK requires a little more work and simply visiting your app store will result in the app being unavailable.

Pick your device type below and follow the instructions to install the BBC iPlayer app.


If you’ve got an Android device then you’re in luck. It’s actually really simple.

Just head over to the APK Pure page to download the BBC iPlayer app.

If you’ve got an older Android device you may need to go to your Settings area and Security and then enable the ‘Unknown Sources’ option. This may be under ‘Applications’ on even older Android devices.

Apple iOS:

Installing the BBC iPlayer app on an iPhone or iPad requires a little more work so you’ll need to check out this dedicated guide for that.

Recap: Watch Luther Season 5 in any country

To watch Luther Season 5 in your country you’ll need to get a VPN app.

This will allow you to watch right now on the UK’s BBC iPlayer service.

The best VPN app to do this is ExpressVPN. Sign up for their service and download their app. Then connect to the UK.

Once it’s connected you can watch the entire Season 5 of Luther in your country. It’s really as simple as that!

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