Actor Idris Elba is channelling his most famous Tv character for a new music project.

The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star is planning to release an album of music inspired by his troubled detective character Luther.

He tells the Bbc, "I'd like to dissect the idea of someone who has to deal with so much darkness... That could create some really good songs... and definitely an interesting mood, musically."

The project will be Elba's next musical venture after his debut album mi Mandela is released next week (beg24Nov14) - the songs on the album were inspired by Elba's African heritage and his portrayal of late South African leader Nelson Mandela on the big screen.