Hard Sun: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Hard Sun

Critics Consensus

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.

48%

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Critic Ratings: 33

74%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 117

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Air date: Jan 6, 2018

DCI Charlie Hicks, a malcontent police detective, grows suspicious of his new partner, DI Elaine Renko; their first investigation into what appears to be a straightforward case of suicide exposes a state secret that connects them for life.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2018

Renko persuades a journalist to publish the Hard Sun dossier, instantly rendering her a target for Secret Services agent Grace; 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: Jan 20, 2018

Renko investigates evidence that suggests Hicks and Butler were corrupt; a disillusioned former aid worker who believes the truth about Hard Sun wants to challenge God into revealing himself by targeting helpful people; Grace makes Hicks an offer.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2018

London is under siege as the scale and bloodiness of Blackwood's killing escalates; Father Dennis becomes a public pariah; Hicks deduces where Renko has hidden the Hard Sun flash drive; Grace leaves Daniel with shocking information about his father.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2018

The murder of a night jogger has dire personal implications for Renko and Daniel, and only Hicks and Renko understand the significance of his death; Daniel inadvertently discovers the Hard Sun flash drive, which puts him in Grace's crosshairs.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2018

Tired of operating defensively, Hicks and Renko take the fight to Grace's door; DCS Bell arrests Grace and brings her in for questioning, but she will not remain outmaneuvered; Hicks, Renko and Grace's enmity culminates in a bloody dawn climax.

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Cast & Crew

Agyness Deyn
Det. Elaine Renko

Actor
Jim Sturgess
Det. Charlie Hicks

Actor
Nikki Amuka-Bird
Grace Morrigan

Actor
Owain Arthur
DS Keith Greener

Actor
Aisling Bea
Mari Butler

Actor
Lorraine Burroughs
Simone Hicks

Actor
Richard Coyle
Thom Blackwood

Actor
Jojo Macari
Daniel Renko

Actor
Dermot Crowley
Father Dennis Chapman

Actor
Adrian Rawlins
DS George Mooney

Actor
Derek Riddell
DCS Roland Bell

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Varada Sethu
DS Mishal Ali

Actor
Chook Sibtain
DS Herbie Sarafian

Actor
Ukweli Roach
Will Benedetti

Actor
Tigger Blaize
Technical Operative

Actor
Kae Alexander
Angie Jones

Actor
Daniel Coonan
DCI Alex Butler

Actor
Rebecca Deren
Psychiatric Nurse

Actor
Cameron King
Owen Butler

Actor
Liberty Gill
Jessica Sweeting

Actor
Neil Cross
Executive Producer
Kate Harwood
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Hard Sun: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Hard Sun: Season 1

  • Mar 07, 2021
    (Contains spoilers for the last episode.) The apocalyptic storyline was intriguing and I loved the MI5 character stalking the leads. But as the show wore on I found myself hoping for the two narcissistic lead characters and the homicidal son of one of the lead characters to meet their downfall. I'm not surprised the show didn't continue. It's hard to have a successful show with hate-able leads that make you root for the villain. And I was frankly creeped out by the chase scene at the end...a white man and a white woman hunting down a black woman for the purpose of executing her.
  • 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.

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