Hard Sunis a pre-apocalyptic crime show set in contemporary London. Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko are detectives who, while investigating a murder in the inner city, stumble upon proof that the world faces certain destruction – in five years. It’s a terrifying reality that the British government is urgently trying to suppress.
Hicks and Renko find themselves pursued by ruthless Security Service operatives, who are trying to kill them in order to keep secret the truth about the mysterious cosmic event. The pair must use every bit of their ingenuity to protect themselves and those they love.
When the classified dossier is made public the government quickly discredits the story as a hoax and fear largely subsides. But the story never entirely goes away. Hard Sun is still out there – in a thousand online forums, supported by conspiracy theorists and the dispossessed on the fringes of society and the internet.
And as the murderers, the abusers, the serial killers, the cult leaders start to come out of the woodwork, it’s up to Hicks and Renko to take them down. But what does justice mean in the face of Armageddon? Initially you think you are in for an epic chase thriller but it’s more along the lines of a story of the week procedural, albeit one that does keep edging towards the fact that the end is nigh.
UK / BBC One / 6×60 minutes / Broadcast 6 January – 10 February 2018
Jim Sturgess as Detective Charlie Hicks
Agyness Deyn as Detective Elaine Renko
Nikki Amuka-Bird as Grace Morrigan
Derek Riddell as DCS Roland Bell
Aisling Bea as Mari Butler
Varada Sethu as DS Mishal Ali
Jojo Macari as Daniel Renko
Owain Arthur as DS Keith Greener
Richard Coyle as Thom Blackwood
SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE
Episode 1 | Airdate: 6 January 2018
Unruly police detective DCI Charlie Hicks is deeply suspicious of his new partner DI Elaine Renko. But their first investigation exposes a secret that will connect them for life.
Episode 2 | Airdate: 13 January 2018
Renko persuades a newspaper to publish the Hard Sun dossier. The government shuts down the story but the detectives investigate a killer for whom the ‘Hard Sun hoax’ is very real.
Episode 3 | Airdate: 20 January 2018
A murderer confesses to a priest that he wants to challenge God into revealing Himself by targeting those who help others. Grace makes Hicks an offer.
Episode 4 | Airdate: 27 January 2018
London is under siege as Blackwood’s reign of terror escalates, and Father Dennis becomes a public pariah. Hicks deduces where Renko has hidden the Hard Sun flashdrive.
Episode 5 | Airdate: 3 February 2018
The murder of a jogger has dire personal implications for Renko but she pretends it is a routine investigation. Hicks makes a startling revelation about the Alex Butler murder.
Episode 6 | Airdate:10 February 2018
An internet killer is targeting people who believe they wish to die and Mooney thinks he knows how to trap him. Renko and Hicks change tactic and bring the fight to Grace’s door.
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