Luther Sketch for Sports ReliefWell, it’s not the full one-off parody episode that aired last week on the BBC, but it at least gives you a brief look at it. I expect the entire piece will become available online sometime soon. Until then, the below preview will have to do for those of us not in the UK (they’re already seen the whole thing).

Idris Elba reprises his role as Luther in the one-off parody episode of the hit BBC series for "Sport Relief" – a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. 

"This year, for Sport Relief, Luther will be appearing in a totally different light. I am so proud to be lending my support to this cause again," Elba said. "I hope that you will enjoy the different side of Luther."

For the "Luther" parody, Elba reunited with co-star Ruth Wilson, who plays nemesis Alice Morgan in the BBC One crime drama.

The pair were joined by Lenny Henry, former England footballers Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright, boxer David Haye, Olympians Denise Lewis and Louis Smith and actress Cecilia Noble.

Destiny Ekaragha directed the "Luther" spoof. Her name should be familiar to readers of this blog, as we’ve covered her past work, including 2 feature films, "Gone Too Far," and "Danny and the Human Zoo," as well as her shorts.

The celebrity-laden segment was shown as part of a star-studded weekend on the BBC on Friday, March 18 in the annual BBC One showcase hosted this year by Claudia Winkleman.

Preview below:

Idris Elba joins forces with Lenny Henry, Rio Ferdinand and David Haye as he swaps crime for comedy in special Luther parody for Sport Relief