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The Hour - Series 1 & 2

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The Hour

Series 1 & 2

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The Hour stars Ben Whislaw and Dominic West and centres on a new current-affairs show being launched by the BBC in June 1956, at the time of the Suez Crisis.
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The Hour stars Ben Whislaw (Criminal Justice, Skyfall) and Dominic West (The Wire, Appropriate Adult) and centres on a new current-affairs show being launched by the BBC in June 1956, at the time of the Suez Crisis. The series was written by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) and also stars Romola Gara, Tim Pigott-Smith, Juliet Stevenson, Burn Gorman, Anton Lesser, Anna Chancellor, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Oona Chaplin.


Episode Guide


Series 1


1. Originally Broadcast: 19th July 2011

1956. At Alexandra Palace reporters and best friends Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon are finishing another long day working on the BBC newsreels. Fed up with constantly overlooking the issues of the day in favour of royal engagements and sporting triumphs both yearn for bigger, bolder stories and a freedom to dictate their own agenda. But on this particular occasion both are hopeful. Clarence Fendley is assembling a team for new weekly current affairs programme The Hour at Lime Grove and there's a sense that Bel and Freddie may just be about to get the break they need...


2. Originally Broadcast: 26th July 2011

The Hour is struggling. The ratings are down, the reviews are terrible and Hector and Freddie are bickering like children. As events escalate in Suez, Bel knows their only hope is to pull off a brave interview with an Egyptian diplomat - but is Hector up to the challenge? Meanwhile, Freddie discovers a mysterious code which may well provide a clue to Ruth's death.


3. Originally Broadcast: 2nd August 2011

A weekend invite to a shooting party at Hector's in-laws gives Freddie an opportunity to quiz Adam Le Ray on his relationship with Ruth, whilst Hector struggles with his ailing marriage and his growing feelings for Bel, whom he eventually seduces. At the office, suspicion about Tom Kish is mounting and Isaac is on the case.


4. Originally Broadcast: 9th August 2011

The newsroom crew makes plans to celebrate Freddie's birthday while he visits Tom's widow and questions her about Ruth's film. MI6 is constantly keeping an eye on the newsroom and on Freddie's activities. Freddie accidentally finds out about Bel and Hector.


5. Originally Broadcast: 16th August 2011

The war in Suez has the country divided and McCain steps up his pressure on The Hour to toe a pro-government line, but with a huge anti-war protest gathering in London, Freddie has other ideas. Meanwhile, pressure mounts on Bel and Hector when news of their affair gets out and Lix helps Freddie with an important lead.


6. Originally Broadcast: 23rd August 2011

Tensions run high in the newsroom as the team prepares to defy government instructions and air a controversial episode on the Suez crisis, while Freddie is unsure whether his special guest will turn up. As McCain and Douglas keep an eye on proceedings, all their futures hang in the balance. Last in the series.


Series 2





Additional Information

Sub Name Series 1 & 2
Duration (mins) tbc
Certificate 15
No. of Discs 4
Format DVD Region 2 (Europe)
Genre Drama
Author No
Video No