Hard Sun
Series title over a black sun
Created byNeil Cross
Written byNeil Cross
ComposerNeil Davidge
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Neil Cross
  • Kate Harwood
  • Elizabeth Kilgarriff
ProducerHugh Warren
Running time54–56 minutes
Production companyEuston Films
Original release
NetworkBBC One (UK)
Hulu (US)
Release6 January (2018-01-06) –
10 February 2018 (2018-02-10)

Hard Sun is a pre-apocalyptic British crime drama television series, created and written by Neil Cross, starring Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess as the principal characters, DI Elaine Renko and DCI Charlie Hicks. The series is a BBC co-production with the American streaming service Hulu.[1][2]

The series contains six episodes. It premiered on BBC One on 6 January 2018, with all six episodes subsequently available on the same day via BBC iPlayer. The series premiered on Hulu in the United States on 7 March 2018.[3][4] The series has also been acquired by the Seven Network in Australia,[5] ZDF in Germany[6] and SVT in Sweden.[7] The first series was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 19 February 2018.[8] The show was inspired by the David Bowie song "Five Years".[9]

Writer Neil Cross has since expressed his wish to continue the series beyond its first run, claiming he has sketched out a potential five-year story arc.[10] It was cancelled after one season.[11]


Hard Sun is a pre-apocalyptic crime drama set in contemporary London. The protagonists are two mismatched police officers, Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko, who stumble upon proof that a mysterious cosmic event will destroy the earth in five years, a fact the government is trying to keep secret to avoid complete anarchy. The duo is pursued by MI5 operatives who are trying to silence them for good.[12]

Cast and characters


Critical reception

Reviews for the first season were mixed. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 50% approval rating with an average rating of 6.46 out of 10, based on 30 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Hard Sun's heady mix of narrative and visual flourishes buckle under a surfeit of clichés that ultimately weigh it down and leave the show a muddled mess."[13] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 46 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Sun, The Moon, The Truth"Brian KirkNeil Cross6 January 2018 (2018-01-06)
2"One Thousand, Eight Hundred Days"Brian KirkNeil Cross13 January 2018 (2018-01-13)
3"Luke 21:25"Nick RowlandNeil Cross20 January 2018 (2018-01-20)
4"Can You Hear Him Now?"Nick RowlandNeil Cross27 January 2018 (2018-01-27)
5"Not the End of the World"Richard SeniorNeil Cross3 February 2018 (2018-02-03)
6"Sun Day"Richard SeniorNeil Cross10 February 2018 (2018-02-10)


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 January 2017). "Hulu Teams With BBC For Neil Cross Crime Series 'Hard Sun', Jim Sturgess & Agyness Deyn To Star". Deadline Hollywood.
  2. ^ Whitbrook, James (9 February 2018). "In the First Trailer for Hard Sun, Law and Order Crumbles in the Face of the Apocalypse". Gizmodo. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (14 November 2017). "Hulu Sets Premiere Dates For 'Handmaid's Tale', 'The Path' & Two New Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. ^ "BBC Programming". BBC. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  5. ^ Knox, David (13 December 2017). "Seven picks up UK drama Hard Sun". TV Tonight. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  6. ^ Clarke, Stewart (10 October 2017). "Germany's ZDF Boards 'Hard Sun,' New Series for BBC and Hulu From 'Luther' Creator".
  7. ^ Sweden, Sveriges Television AB, Stockholm, Hard sun - Avsnitt 1 (in Swedish), archived from the original on 9 March 2018, retrieved 8 March 2018((citation)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Hard Sun". 23 March 2018 – via Amazon.
  9. ^ "'Hard Sun': How David Bowie Inspired Hulu's Apocalypse Drama". "The Wrap".
  10. ^ "Is Hard Sun getting a second series? Creator Neil Cross is planning 5".
  11. ^ Harrison, Ellie (15 August 2018). "Hard Sun dropped by BBC after one series". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  12. ^ Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper; 06/01/2018; p. 9
  13. ^ "Hard Sun: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Hard Sun : Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 5 April 2018.