BBC One Orders Pre-Apocalyptic Drama ‘Hard Sun’ From ‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross

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Neil Cross is returning to the BBC fold. BBC One has given the green-light to Hard Sun, a six episode pre-apocalyptic crime drama set in contemporary London which hails from the Luther creator and independent production company Euston Films, TVWise has learned.

Hard Sun follows Detectives Elaine Renko and Robert Hicks, partners and enemies, seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction. As described by series creator Neil Cross: “This isn’t science fiction. This is the real world. There’s no hero to come save us; no contingency plan. What’s the point of justice in the face of Armageddon?”

“I am thrilled that BBC One is the home for Neil Cross’s new original drama, Hard Sun. Neil has written a crime series that is bold, ambitious, relevant and dark but it’s also very moving and told through complex extraordinary characters”, said Polly Hill, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning. “It’s brilliantly written and very exciting. I am also pleased that this is Euston Film’s first commission and this really does promise to be an original and compelling drama for 2017.”

Cross, who most recently penned a two-part Luther special for BBC One and is attached to a US adaptation of the Idris Elba crime drama, is penning all six scripts for the series, which is set up at Euston Films. Kate Harwood, who left her post as the BBC’s Head of Drama Production England last year to revive the flagging indie, will executive produce alongside the BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff. Casting for the regular roles is now underway. FremantleMedia International will handle global sales.

“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? What’s the point of justice in the face of Armageddon?”, added Hard Sun creator Neil Cross. “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.”