All eyes were on Neil Cross when the BBC announced that the creator of Luther would turn his attention to something different after his success with Idris Elba et al – in this case a six-part ‘pre-apocolyptic’ crime drama called Hard Sun. We weren’t sure whether this was going to be a crime drama or not, and when it was going to play out, but it seems that it definitely will be and we’ll see it this year. What’s more, the two lead actors have been announced.
Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn will 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 (Sturgess) is a family man and a great, committed copper. He’s also profoundly corrupt. Elaine Renko (Deyn) 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.
The series is due to start filming this month and will air later in the year. More news as I get it…