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‘Hard Sun’ Writer Neil Cross on His Five-Year Plan for the Hulu Series & ‘Luther’ Season 5

If you’re looking for a dark, complicated thriller to watch, Hard Sun, created and written by Neil Cross (Luther), is currently available to stream at Hulu. Detectives Robert Hicks (Jim Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) find themselves partners, even though they stand on different ends of the moral spectrum and distrust each other’s motives, for good reason. But in order to survive until the end of the world, they must find some way to learn to work together. During this interview with Collider, show creator Neil Cross talked about how the story for Hard Sun evolved, his …
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Jim Sturgess & Agyness Deyn on ‘Hard Sun’ and Working with ‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross

If you’re looking for a dark, complicated thriller to watch, Hard Sun, created and written by Neil Cross (Luther), is currently available to stream at Hulu. Detectives Robert Hicks (Jim Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) find themselves partners, even though they stand on different ends of the moral spectrum and distrust each other’s motives, for good reason. But in order to survive until the end of the world, they must find some way to learn to work together. During this interview with Collider, co-stars Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn talked about why Hard Sun was both …
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'Hard Sun' Creator on Show's "Visceral and Shocking" Violence

[This story contains spoilers for the full first season of Hulu's Hard Sun.]

Within the first scene of Hard Sun, the new thriller from Luther creator Neil Cross, the end of the world begins. Minutes later, a woman is violently attacked in her home, surviving thanks in large part to non-fatally stabbing her assailant in the face with a carving fork.

"This might sound cynical," Cross tells The Hollywood Reporter about the way in which Hard Sun begins, "but hopefully people have sat down and are curious to see what this show is all about. This is...
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TV Review: ‘Hard Sun’ on Hulu

TV Review: ‘Hard Sun’ on Hulu
Hard Sun” has many of the things you expect from a British crime drama: Competent visuals, a solid cast, a serialized tale of criminality, and a nearly unending string of overcast days.

Unfortunately, despite a slight sci-fi element thrown into the mix, much of this six-episode program — a Hulu/BBC co-production — feels like an assemblage of TV cliches, many of them quite worn out. Creator Neil Cross’ previous crime drama, “Luther,” had an intense and charismatic performance from Idris Elba to help it traverse that show’s inevitable rough patches and ridiculous twists. Despite having two leads at the center
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‘Hard Sun’ Creator Neil Cross Wants to Make a ‘Luther’ Cartoon (and Loves Putting His Characters Through Hell)

Making a show about the end of the world is hard. Luckily, writer/creator Neil Cross is aiming at something smaller.

Cross’ latest TV series “Hard Sun,” now available on Hulu, follows two detectives who stumble into a sinister conspiracy that, among other things, foretells the imminent death of everyone and everything on Earth. But instead of focusing squarely on that overriding doom, “Hard Sun” looks at the potential for global chaos through the eyes of DCIs Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) and Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess).

Cross spoke to IndieWire about how the wide-reaching stakes for the world actually make it easier to focus on the central pair’s personal stories.

“The show is never about spectacle and it’s never designed to be a Roland Emmerich thing, where we’re cutting to crowds all over the world,” Cross said. “To me, the bigger and grander the context against which the characters operate,
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‘Hard Sun’ Review: ‘Luther’ Creator’s Hard-Boiled Hulu Series Is Full of Hot Air

‘Hard Sun’ Review: ‘Luther’ Creator’s Hard-Boiled Hulu Series Is Full of Hot Air
Hard Sun” offers a premise as high in the sky as the glowing orb itself, but has no idea what to do with it. Two British detectives discover that the world is coming to an end and have to choose between trusting their government and making it public. That’s Episode 1. In Episode 2… well, to say what happens in the second episode would get into spoilers territory, even though the second hour of Neil Cross’ half-baked co-production between Hulu and the BBC is much more representative of what the show is and what it gets wrong.

Even in a traditional-sized British season and truncated American one — six episodes — the gritty crime drama bounces around within a hollow sci-fi story, mixing conventional elements of a police procedural with a more serialized narrative about an exploding sun. Very little of it works, be it the half-assed intermediary cases that barely hold up
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Hard Sun

Network: Hulu. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: March 7, 2018 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Jojo Macari, Derek Riddell, Owain Arthur, Varada Sethu, Adrian Rawlins, Lorraine Burroughs, Aisling Bea, and Joplin Sibtain. TV show description: A pre-apocalyptic crime drama from Luther creator, Neil Cross, the Hard Sun TV show centers on Di Elaine Renko (Deyn) and Dci Charlie Hicks (Sturgess). Although Renko and Hicks are mismatched, these partners are out to enforce the laws and keep safe their loved ones, as encroaching natural disaster threatens to end the world. Although he's a family man and a devoted officer, Dci Hicks is also
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Hard Sun Series Premiere Review: Possibly The Gloomiest Cop Show Ever Made

The work of Neil Cross isn’t known for its sunny disposition. If he were a painter, one would imagine his canvases covered solely in brush strokes of varying shades of gray. If you’ve ever tuned in for his hit detective series Luther, starring Idris Elba, you know exactly what that means. The worlds Cross builds into his television shows are hard and bleak and beautifully drab. Even when the sun is up it never shines. His newest series, Hard Sun, takes that somber aesthetic to the extreme: the celestial object Cross seems fixated on neutralizing is now plotting its revenge and is out to kill everyone on the planet.
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'Hard Sun': TV Review

Neil Cross struck gold by using Idris Elba to punch up the British detective series genre starting in 2010 with Luther, and the duo managed to make that a compelling dark police thriller longer than expected. But as Cross turns his attention to another detective series and adds in a dystopian twist inspired by a David Bowie song, well, the results are a whole lot different.

Hard Sun, a joint effort from BBC and Hulu premiering on March 7, is an ultra-violent, not very believable and mostly unlikeable hot mess that has bits and pieces that would, separately, make for...
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March TV Premieres: 16 New Shows to Look out for This Month

Now that we’re heading into one of the busiest stretches of the TV calendar, each network is unveiling some of their best plays to vie for your viewing attention. Some of these new shows are heralded programming additions we’ve had circled on the horizon for the better part of the past few months. Others are true wild cards.

As we all plan out what to use to fill the TV void left behind by the sudden disappearance of Olympic curling, here are a few options of new series across network, cable, and streaming that might be worth considering.

(Missed the tops of what the first two months of the year had to offer? Here are some notable TV premieres from February, both on Netflix and elsewhere.)

Hard Sun” (March 7, Hulu)

“Luther” creator Neil Cross is back with a different kind of detective show, one where its central agents
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"Hard Sun" on Hulu

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from "Hard Sun", the science fiction, British crime series, created and written by Neil Cross, starring Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess, airing March 5, 2018 on Hulu:

"...set in contemporary London, UK, mismatched police officers, 'Charlie Hicks' and 'Elaine Renko' investigating the death of a hacker, stumble upon proof that due to a mysterious cosmic event, the world is facing certain destruction in five years, a fact the powers-that-be would very much like to keep under wraps.

"The duo must use every bit of their ingenuity to protect themselves as they are pursued by 'MI5' operatives who are trying to silence them for good. Their dilemma turns into one of how can they keep their loved ones safe and uphold the law in a world that is running out of time..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Hard Sun"...
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HuIu’s Hard Sun Trailer: The Creator Of Luther Delivers The World’s End

The first trailer for Hulu’s upcoming series Hard Sun delivers a sci-fi paranoid thriller about the end of days. The series hails from Luther creator Neil Cross and stars Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn as a pair of detectives who unwittingly stumble on evidence that the Earth will face an extinction level event in five years time, and the two soon find that the powers that be will do anything to keep that information from getting out to the public.
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Michael Haneke to create first TV project

Michael Haneke to create first TV project
‘After ten TV-movies and twelve films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once.’

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Michael Haneke

Multiple Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke is lining up his first TV series, partnering with FremantleMedia’s Ufa Fiction on the 10-part drama Kelvin’s Book.

The story takes place in a dystopian world set in the near future as a group of young people experience an emergency landing outside their home and are confronted with the actual face of their home country for the first time.

Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict will serve as executive producers on the series for Ufa Fiction.

“After ten TV-movies and twelve films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once,” Haneke said.

Haneke won consecutive Palme d’Or awards for The White Ribbon and Amour, which won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best foreign-language film, and won two BAFTA awards. The White Ribbon
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Michael Haneke to direct first TV project

Michael Haneke to direct first TV project
‘After ten TV-movies and twelve films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once.’

Multiple Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke is lining up his first TV series, partnering with FremantleMedia’s Ufa Fiction on the 10-part drama Kelvin’s Book.

The story takes place in a dystopian world set in the near future and is understood will reflect on the digital age. Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict will serve as executive producers on the series for Ufa Fiction.

“After ten TV-movies and twelve films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once,” Haneke said.

Haneke won consecutive Palme d’Or awards for The White Ribbon and Amour, which won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best foreign-language film, and won two BAFTA awards. The White Ribbon earned two Oscar nods. Haneke’s credits include Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Caché.

“No contemporary director has moved and inspired memore than Michael Haneke,” Ufa CEO Hofmann
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‘Hard Sun': How David Bowie Inspired Hulu’s Apocalypse Drama

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‘Hard Sun': How David Bowie Inspired Hulu’s Apocalypse Drama
David Bowie may be gone, but he is still having a profound affect on the planet. Seriously, he was the catalyst for Hulu’s version of Armageddon. At least, that’s what “Hard Sun” creator Neil Cross said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday. When Cross was asked about the timeline for the first season of the pre-apocalyptic drama, and what the time frame for the entire series might be, he immediately responded with an overwhelmed, “oh no,” before launching into a muddled explanation. When Cross finally landed on the length of Season 1 being “12 weeks, 3 months, yeah,...
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‘Hard Sun’ Creator Neil Cross: “Apocalyptic Dramas Are Essentially Reassuring” — TCA

There is a simple reason why shows like The Walking Dead are so captivating, according to Neil Cross, creator and Ep of Hulu’s new drama Hard Sun. “I think all apocalyptic dramas are essentially reassuring, they're not really about destruction,” he said at TCA on Sunday. “We always assume that we're the ones who survive and these stories are more transformational than destructive. They afford us an opportunity to imagine ourselves stripped of the day-to-day…
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Luther: Season Five; Idris Elba Begins Filming BBC America Series (Photos, Vid)

Di John Luther is back on the job. BBC America has released set photos from the fifth season of its Luther TV show. Production on season five of the British crime drama from Neil Cross began on January 10th, in London. Star Idris Elba also released a brief video greeting from his first day back on the series. Check it out, below. Luther stars Elba in the title role. Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, and Patrick Malahide are returning for the four-part season five. Black Mirror's Wunmi Mosaku joins the BBC America series, as new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday. The Luther season five premiere date is still Tbd. When we know more, you will, too. Read More…
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Idris Elba Teases New Season of ‘Luther': ‘It’s Good to Be Back’ (Video)

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Idris Elba Teases New Season of ‘Luther': ‘It’s Good to Be Back’ (Video)
Idris Elba teased his return to “Luther” on Twitter on Wednesday with a short video from his first day back on set. “It’s good to be back in London, back in the coat,” he wrote, accompanied by a video of himself in costume. A fifth season of the British crime drama was announced last June, with Elba and series creator Neil Cross both slated to return. In the four-part season, Elba’s John Luther will investigate a series of killings with new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday. The official synopsis promises that the character will “face the ghosts of his own past “he must choose...
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Idris Elba begins filming on Luther series 5, synopsis released

The BBC has announced that filming is underway on the fifth series of Luther, which sees Idris Elba returning to his iconic role as Di John Luther.

“It’s good to be back in London, back in the coat,” said Elba, with creator Neil Cross adding that: “We missed John Luther. We missed some old friends. And we wanted to make the biggest, scariest, darkest, most thrilling series of Luther there’s ever been. So that’s what we’ve come back to do.”

Here’s the official synopsis for the fifth series:

When the moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare, Dci John Luther must once again confront the depths of human depravity.

As a series of monstrous killings becomes ever more audacious, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday are confounded by a tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an unspeakable horror.
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Idris Elba’s ‘Luther’ Casts BAFTA Winner Wunmi Mosaku (Exclusive)

Idris Elba’s ‘Luther’ Casts BAFTA Winner Wunmi Mosaku (Exclusive)
Wunmi Mosaku, who won a BAFTA last year for her performance in BBC’s “Damilola, Our Loved Boy,” will join Idris Elba in the fifth season of Emmy-nominated crime drama “Luther,” which has started shooting in London.

Elba, who won a Golden Globe and SAG Award for the role, returns as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the series created by Emmy-nominated Neil Cross and produced by BBC Studios. Mosaku, who currently can be seen in Jack Thorne’s “Kiri” on Britain’s Channel 4 and “The End of the F—ing World” on Netflix, plays new recruit Detective Sgt. Catherine Halliday in “Luther.” Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Patrick Malahide return in the four-part season as detective superintendents Martin Schenk, Benny Silver and George Cornelius.

The coat is back: @idriselba shoots series five #Luther @BBCOne, with new cast member @wunmo playing D.S. Catherine Halliday – https://t.co/IR0hlJQQ9J pic.twitter.com/T1LyV
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