A six part series set in a pre-apocalyptic London is to air on BBC One. The hour long episodes of the crime drama are to be produced by the revived Euston Films, a company originally formed by ITV broadcaster Thames Television.
“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?” – Writer Neil Cross
The story from Luther creator Neil Cross follows Detectives Elaine Renko and Robert Hicks, partners and enemies, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction. Hard Sun, a pre-apocalyptic crime drama set in contemporary London, will film in and around the capital for transmission in 2017.
“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?” – Writer Neil Cross
The production is Euston Film’s first commission since its revival by parent company Fremantle Media, owners of the Thames Television brands and back catalogue. Kate Harwood, Managing Director of Euston Films, noted that she was ‘delighted and proud that the first commission for a rebooted Euston Films is a Neil Cross project of such scale and nerve’.