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Monday, 7 December 2015

BBC One commission new six-part drama from Luther creator Neil Cross

BBC One have announced the commissioning of new six-part pre-apocalyptic crime drama Hard Sun which has been created and written by Luther's Neil Cross.

The drama focuses on Detectives Elaine Renko and Robert Hicks, partners and enemies, who seek to enforce their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.

Of the drama Cross says, “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? 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 BBC's Controller of Drama Commissioning Polly Hill added, "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 Film's first commission and this really does promise to be an original and compelling drama for 2017.”

Hard Sun will film in and around London, and casting will be announced in due course.

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