Launched in 2001, starring Kiefer Sutherland as the heroic Jack Bauer, 24 employed a pioneering split-screen, fast-paced format with complex interweaving storylines as viewers followed US anti-terrorism agent Bauer through 24 pulse-pounding episodes, each covering one hour and presented in real time.
Jack has shown time and again he’s willing to do whatever it takes to save the day, and, during the course of 24, has battled against terrorist plots, biological and nuclear threats, attempts to assassinate the US president and moles within his Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU).
Unfortunately for Jack, he’s suffered a number of personal tragedies, including the death of loved ones, along the way, and the show’s executive producer Howard Gordon has promised more of the same as the show reaches its final conclusion: “(It) leaves him in a compromised place morally, ethically and emotionally,” Gordon said. “This show is a tragedy, and to give Jack a happy ending didn’t feel authentic.”
Day 8 saw CTU back in action and based in New York, headed up by Special Agent Brian Hastings (Mykelti Williamson), with further new additions to the cast including Dana Walsh (Katee Sackhoff) as a double dealing CTU analyst and her fiancé, head of field operations, Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr). CTU devotee Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), ex-FBI agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) and President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) all returned to the action as Jack was pulled away from cosy family life with this daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) to help prevent the assassination of IRK President Hassan (Anil Kapoor) by Russian terrorists, determined to prevent a major peace agreement led by the US.
With plenty of twists and turns along the way, Jack is now facing the final hours of day eight fighting against all those he’s previously stood beside. After the shocking death of love interest Renee, Jack is intent on bringing to justice those responsible, whatever it takes. Unfortunately for him, it means going against President Taylor who is committed to getting the peace deal signed, no matter how, and has even accepted advice from villainous ex-president Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin) to make it happen. Under President’s order Chloe O’Brien, now temporarily in charge of CTU, has instigated a man hunt to bring Jack in…”Chloe and Jack are in a real face-off,” reveals Gordon, “Chloe has to decide between her duty and friendship to Jack. It’s about as hairy a confrontation as you can possibly imagine.”
Watch Jack in action for the final time on the small screen in the breathtaking, unmissable, two-hour finale on Sunday 6th June at 9pm, exclusive to Sky1 HD and Sky1.
Viewers can also get to know the man responsible for bringing TV’s toughest and most tortured hero to life, Kiefer Sutherland, with an exclusive interview Kiefer Sutherland on Alex Zane’s Guest List showing first on Sky1 HD and Sky1 at 10pm on Monday 30th May 2010.
In an illuminating interview, film and television buff Alex Zane interrogates the Hollywood star about the end of 24, plans to take the series to the silver screen and his fondness for the word “Dammit”. Kiefer, who’s cinematic CV includes cult favourites The Lost Boys and Flatliners, also selects the movies that mean the most to him.