Hard Sun creator talks pre-apocalyptic drama, David Bowie influence

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Jan 15, 2018, 5:58 PM EST (Updated)

After the death of a hacker, two London police officers (Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess) stumble across a conspiracy that involves a cataclysmic event, something that powerful people want to keep under wraps from the public. It's the premise of Hard Sun, a pre-apocalyptic police drama, which is a co-production between BBC One and Hulu. While the first season of six episodes has already been made available in Britain, it will come to America in early March. 

While at TCA, the show's creator and executive producer Neil Cross (also the creator of Luther with Idris Elba) spoke about the world-ending twist.

"I wanted it to be something we hadn’t seen on TV before, but its primary function is a metaphorical thing," he said. "It’s grounded in science, but it’s metaphorical. What drove the notion that we are generally living in a pre-apocalyptic time. We’re in an uncontrolled skid. We genuinely won’t know where we will be or what we will look like in a decade. I think all apocalyptic dramas are essentially reassuring. We always assume we are the ones who will survive. These stories are more transformational and imagine ourselves stripped of day-to-day worries and allow us to imagine our essential selves. Facing an enormity we will find we are brave and able, and can face the oncoming terror for those we love."

Cross added that the show was inspired by "Five Years," the David Bowie song from his 1971 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The concept album told the story of Bowie's alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, an alien rock star who played concerts with beings not of this world. A time span of five years plays a large role in the series, as it marks a ticking clock between the show's beginning and the world-ending event. 

"The singular nature of the apocalypse in the show is that’s it for everyone," said Cross. "It is the end. There will be nothing after the apocalypse ... unless we are offered a Season 6."

Hard Sun on BBC One on January 6 in the United Kingdom, with all episodes available on the BBC iPlayer the very same day. It will premiere in the United States on March 7 on Hulu.