Television & Film

LUTHER Scribe to Deliver an Apocalypse for BBC


“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.”

Hard Sun is the latest project for Neil Cross, creator of Luther and contributing writer to Doctor Who (“Hide” and “The Rings of Akhaten”). The six-part crime drama has been commissioned by the BBC and will film in and around London.

Detectives Elaine Renko and Robert Hicks are charged with enforcing the law in a time when Armageddon looms around the corner. As the world draws closer to destruction, the two find themselves increasingly challenged to do their jobs.

“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?

The project was commissioned by BBC One and BBC Drama Commissioning, to be produced under the “rebooted” Euston Films shingle.

Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, says, “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. It’s brilliantly written and very exciting. I am also pleased that this is Euston Films’ first commission and this really does promise to be an original and compelling drama for 2017.”

Kate Harwood, Managing Director of Euston Films, adds: “We are delighted and proud that the first commission for a rebooted Euston Films is a Neil Cross project of such scale and nerve. The concept of Hard Sun is characteristically bold, richly peopled and of course deliciously scary. We can’t wait to get started.”

Cross adds, “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.”

[featured image: New Zealand Herald]



Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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