BBC One has given the green light for “Luther” creator creator Neil Cross’ new hour-long pre-apocalyptic crime drama “Hard Sun”. The project will film in and around London, and casting will be announced soon.
Six episodes have been given the go ahead for the series which explores the idea of two detectives and rivals who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that has essentially been given a death sentence – how would civilisation react knowing that in a few years we’ll all be dead. Cross explains it:
“Imagine the world you see when you look out your window… except its 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 series is currently targeting a 2017 premiere.