"Luther" ( BBC America, 10 p.m.) Dark detective drama with Idris Elba hunting psychos and serial killers as he battles his inner demons and pines, as so many TV lawmen seem to nowadays, for his estranged wife. High-style unpleasantness is balanced by nicely matter-of-fact performances from Elba, boss Saskia Reeves and Ruth Wilson as his personal sociopathic human Tinkerbelle.
Monday, Oct. 25
"Dead Set" (IFC, 11:59 p.m.). British-import zombie show, from journalist-comedian Charlie Brooker, slips in just ahead of AMC's "The Walking Dead." Satirical, because zombies always are — the series is set in and around the U.K. "Big Brother" house — and profane, because it's British. But not really a comedy. Tense and gross, rather, in the tradition.
Sunday, Oct. 31
"The Walking Dead" (AMC, 10 p.m.). The deliberate pacing that's become AMC's stock in trade would seem naturally to lead to zombies, the slowest ex-people on Earth. Frank Darabont ( "The Shawshank Redemption") directs from the Robert Kirkman comic, with Andrew Lincoln as the cop searching for his family among the flesh-eaters.
To be announced:
"Body of Proof" (ABC) Hot coroner Dana Delaney, sidelined by an accident from a brilliant surgical career, cuts up corpses for cops, then solves their cases for them.