Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn team up in new BBC crime drama

Sharnaz Shahid

It has been announced that Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn are to star in a new BBC One crime drama, called Hard Sun. Written by Emmy-nominated Luther creator Neil Cross, the pair will play detective duo Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko in the pre-apocalyptic series, set in contemporary London.

The detectives have been described as "partners and enemies, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction." Robert, played by One Day actor Jim, is a family man and a great, committed copper but is also profoundly corrupt, while Agyness' character is "difficult and damaged". The pair distrust one other but they must somehow learn to work together - if they're going to survive until the end of the world.



Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn team up in new BBC crime drama

Speaking about his new role, Jim, 38, said: "I am very excited to be playing Hicks in this wonderful project. To work with Neil's fantastic writing is a great opportunity and I hope we are going to create an amazing experience for our audience. I can't wait to get started!"

Agyness, 33, added: "As soon as I read the first episode I was hooked. I'm such a fan of both Neil and Brian's work, it's an honour to join the Hard Sun team."

The six-hour-drama has been written by internationally-acclaimed, BAFTA and EMMY nominated writer Neil Cross, creator of Luther with Brian Kirk taking helm as director and Hugh Warren producing the series. Filming in London will start this month and is expected to air later in the year.