Hulu and BBC One have unveiled the first official trailer for Hard Sun, a post-apocalyptic drama created by Neil Cross (Luther). The six-part one-hour series stars Jim Sturgess as Detective Chief Inspector Charlie Hicks and Agyness Deyn as Detective Inspector Elaine Renko. BBC One will premiere the crime drama on January 6, 2018. Hulu will debut the series beginning on March 7, 2018.
Euston Films produced Hard Sun and Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Great Expectations) served as the lead director. Hugh Warren (Thirteen, Call The Midwife) was involved as a producer, and Kate Harwood for Euston Films and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One executive produced.
“I am very excited to be playing Hicks in this wonderful project. To work with Neil’s fantastic writing is a great opportunity and I hope we are going to create an amazing experience for our audience,” said Sturgess.
“As soon as I read the first episode I was hooked. I’m such a fan of both Neil and Brian’s work, it’s an honour to join the Hard Sun team,” added Dean.
Describing the series, Neil Cross stated, “Imagine the world you see when you look out your window…except it’s been given a death sentence. This isn’t science fiction. This is the real world. There’s no hero to come save us; no contingency plan. We’ve got five years. This is the world of Hard Sun… and the world of Elaine Renko and Robert Hicks.
What’s it like, trying to keep order, trying to enforce the law in a city that, day by day, slips closer to certain destruction? How do you get up in the morning? How do you get out of bed and leave your family and go out there, putting your own life at risk? And what about the predators? What about the murderers, the rapists, the thieves? What about the psychopaths, the religious nuts, the cult leaders, the serial killers? Who among them would fear a prison sentence, in a world like this? Who among them would fear legal consequences? What does a life sentence even mean, any more? What’s the point of justice in the face of Armageddon?
I’ve had Renko and Hicks and their world rattling round my head for a while now. I’m incredibly happy that, like me, they’ve found their home at the BBC. I can’t wait for you to meet them.”
The Plot: Jim Sturgess (One Day, The Way Back) and Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies in contemporary London, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.
Robert Hicks is a family man and a great, committed copper. He’s also profoundly corrupt. Elaine Renko is difficult and damaged… and utterly incorruptible. Hicks and Renko stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum. They also seriously distrust one other – and for good reason. But they must somehow learn to work together if they’re going to survive until the end of the world.
Episode one finds Renko and Hicks stumbling across a government file that changes everything.