Hard Sun: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Hard Sun

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 33

74%

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User Ratings: 116

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 7, 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.

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Air date: Mar 7, 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.

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Air date: Mar 7, 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.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2018

London is under siege as Blackwood's reign of terror escalates. Father Dennis becomes a public pariah. Hicks deduces where Renko has hidden the Hard Sun flash drive.

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Air date: Mar 7, 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.

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Air date: Mar 7, 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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Cast & Crew

Nikki Amuka-Bird
Grace Morrigan
Jim Sturgess
Det. Charlie Hicks
Agyness Deyn
Det. Elaine Renko
Varada Sethu
DS Mishal Ali
Derek Riddell
DCS Roland Bell
Owain Arthur
DS Keith Greener
Adrian Rawlins
DS George Mooney
Jojo Macari
Daniel Renko
Chook Sibtain
DS Herbie Sarafian
Ukweli Roach
Will Benedetti
Cameron King
Owen Butler
Richard Coyle
Thom Blackwood
Daniel Coonan
DCI Alex Butler
Kae Alexander
Angie Jones
Dermot Crowley
Father Dennis Chapman
Patrick Regis
Ben Morrigan
Heidi Monsen
Sabina Kesinovic
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Critic Reviews for Hard Sun Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

To make up for the lack of substance, the cast is asked to overact.

Mar 7, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Hard Sun, it should be noted, is not subtle, or close to subtle, or even anywhere in the same continent as subtle.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's almost an experiment in grafting as many clichés from this subgenre onto an admittedly original concept as possible until the whole thing, well, overheats.

Mar 5, 2018 | Full Review…

It is as stylish as it is unpleasant, and there are some well-staged action scenes, but overall, the series is loud and tiring, like spending an hour in an MRI machine.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Well, this is certainly a flawed show. It does seem a little odd to take the world to the brink of destruction and expect us to care about much else.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

This series just doesn't hit the mark.

Aug 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Cross is a reliable storyteller, and while Sturgess is serviceable as Hicks, Deyn is a fascinating watch as Renko.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

After episode one, this looks set to be a promising hit for BBC One.

Dec 7, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Great sci-fi premise, bloody violence in overstuffed drama.

Mar 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It started gloriously, with a five-year countdown to solar-flared Earth-death, but has since moved on to interminable runnings-around after serial killers.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Even with two very distinct characters, the series falters. That's because bold as it is to take what could be a very good, very successful premise and get carried away with the gory minutiae of it all instead, it's not very interesting.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

For the time being Hard Sun is a bleak ride that's worth taking.

Mar 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hard Sun: Season 1

  • Aug 30, 2020
    Angst-riddled investigators and their personal lives destroys the interesting main concept.
  • Jun 22, 2019
    I hope someone will renew this show so it can finish its story arc. The writing is tight; the acting is good; the plot is compelling.
  • Oct 16, 2018
    It an interesting story told in a bizzare way. I will be back for season 2 if the tv executives bring it back.
  • Jul 02, 2018
    Love the show. Hope there will be a second season
  • Jun 23, 2018
    THIS SHOW IS SO BAD, MY CAPSLOCK BROKE.
  • Jun 13, 2018
    Great if your a fan of the crime drama the BBC has to offer. It coapres to their usual offerings with a twist. If you are wanting a story purely on pre acopcapyse aybe ot for you.
  • Mar 29, 2018
    This Hulu-BBC joint venture television series features a strong woman detective with some real problems – a son who sometimes wants to kill her, an adulterous partner who might be a killer, and knowing about an impending extinction-level event that MI-5 is trying to keep secret. It’s riveting. Interestingly, London cops often confront violent situations with batons, not guns. Fans of The Killing or Top of the Lake will feel right at home. Warning: There is graphic violence.
  • Mar 28, 2018
    Interesting take on an apocalyptic plot.
  • Mar 19, 2018
    Completely gripping, I sat on the edge of my seat. binge watched all six episodes.
  • Mar 17, 2018
    This series is a hodge-podge of borrowed tropes from much better shows. We have miss matched Scully and Mulder, an exestential threat (think GOT White Walkers) ostensibly ignored for day-to-day minutiae, and an evil government organization. It's overwrought with subplots thrown in....for some reason, but they add nothing to the story and only seem to distract the main protagonists. It's bleak (and not in the good way), plodding, and you keep wishing the ship would hit the iceberg already, because there really isn't anyone...or anything you'll miss...except the time spent watching. ***SPOILER ALERT***DO NOT CONTINUE READING UNLESS YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FINAL EPISODE *** After a number of episodes of cat and mouse with MI5, our intrepid duo skillfully and PAINSTAKINGLY set-up the 'evil' agent who has been dogging them (I like mixing my animal metaphors). She wriggles away, they give chase, she is caught...and then they find out they've ALL been lied to about the event's time frame. Whoops. The end.

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