The Hour

9:00pm Wednesday 5 December on BBC TWO

Bel and Freddie argue fervently to expose Cilenti’s vice network and the police collusion over the anti-nuclear policy story planned for tomorrow’s show.

Randall sees the scoop’s potential, but challenges them to find sources to prove their story’s ready. Heeding this, Bel arranges a meeting with showgirl Rosa Maria who puts herself in mortal danger by revealing the way Cilenti exerts a hold over London’s most influential men.

Bel’s relationship with Bill deepens, much to the chagrin of Freddie, whose home life with Camille suffers as a result of his dedication to the story. Meanwhile, Hector’s marriage is given new hope by a surprising moment of honesty and Randall and Lix’s bond reignites over new information regarding their long-lost secret…

Bel Rowley is played by Romola Garai, Freddie Lyon by Ben Whishaw, Hector Madden by Dominic West, Cilenti by Vincent Riotta, Randall Brown by Peter Capaldi, Rosa Maria by Hannah John-Kamen, Bill Kendall by Tom Burke, Camille by Lizzie Brocher�, and Lix Storm by Anna Chancellor.

Ep 4/6

9:00pm Wednesday 28 November on BBC TWO

It’s Christmas at Lime Grove and whilst Hector may be trying to put the arrest behind him, Kiki goes missing. Hector’s self-destructive behaviour spirals as Bel and Freddie search for the truth about what happened and try to find her.

Meanwhile, Lix is uncharacteristically preoccupied with the likely spread of nuclear armament across Europe, a sense of fear bubbling under her work. Randall tells her the real reason for his return, but having built a wall around her past regrets, can she now bring herself to open up such a painful past?

Freddie, Bel, Hector, Marnie, Bill and Laurie all attend a special Christmas charity function. Bel and Bill’s continued flirtation is interrupted as Freddie shows Bel a photo he’s found of Kiki – Laurie cautiously wades into the conversation, warning the team to steer clear of this story.

Across the room, Hector takes to the drink once more, frustration growing as he and Marnie hide their division for the crowds. Late that night, in a liquored haze, a memory stirs for Hector, which starts to throw Laurie’s dependable character into question.

Freddie Lyon is played by Ben Whishaw, Bel Rowley by Romola Garai, Hector Madden by Dominic West, Randall Brown by Peter Capaldi, Marnie Madden by Oona Chaplin, Kiki Delaine by Hannah Tointon, Lix Storm by Anna Chancellor, Bill Kendall by Tom Burke and Laurie by Peter Sullivan.

Ep 3/6

8:00pm Wednesday 21 November on BBC TWO

Hector and Marnie host a gathering of friends at their apartment. Racial tension is on the rise across London, a response to the influx of immigrants from the Commonwealth who bring new culture to Britain’s streets, but also division. It’s a subject close to Freddie’s heart and provokes much discussion at the party, but is interrupted when two policemen arrive at the door to arrest Hector on suspicion of beating up Kiki. Hector denies the allegations but is taken away.

The next day Hector’s absence has not gone unnoticed by Randall, and Bel has a tough job to try and keep Hector’s arrest secret from him. Freddie complicates matters further when he decides to hold a controversial interview with a fascist named Trevor on the same day as a visit from members of the board.

As Hector continues to languish in jail he comes to question whether he’s strayed too far from his career and marriage. Can he claw the situation back or is this one allegation, which he can’t charm his way out of?

Freddie Lyon is played by Ben Whishaw, Bel Rowley by Romola Garai, Hector Madden by Dominic West, Randall Brown by Peter Capaldi, Marnie Madden by Oona Chaplin, Raphael Cilenti by Vincent Riotta, Kiki Delaine by Hannah Tointon, Lix Storm by Anna Chancellor and Trevor by Joe Cole.

Ep 2/6

9:00pm Wednesday 14 November on BBC TWO

November 1957. A year has passed since The Hour was unceremoniously taken off air for their controversial interview with Lord Elms and much has changed.

Freddie has been fired and gone travelling, while Bel fought to stay. She has tried to improve the ratings and keep Hector in line, although he has now become a national celebrity and is drawn into the seductive glamour of Soho nightclub El Paradis; Bel’s whole life is her work and she’s becoming increasingly preoccupied with Britain’s growing criminal underworld, chasing a story but without the manpower to tell it. All eyes are on the new Head of News, Randall Brown, as a force for change.

El Paradis is run by Raphael Cilenti, charming but ruthless. His most prized possession is lead showgirl, Kiki Delaine. Beautiful, talented and utterly beguiling, Kiki knows exactly how to charm a man and Hector finds her hard to resist.

In the newsroom, nuclear hysteria is growing around the Soviet launch of Sputnik 2. In the midst of a heated team meeting Freddie appears, fresh from his travels. He’s Randall’s new addition, designed to stir up the team – and it works. Bel wrestles with conflicted feelings of disempowerment at not being told of his return, but also joy at getting back the friend she has missed. Hector too is angry when told that Freddie will be a joint frontman. It is also clear that Lix and Randall seem to have a shared past…

Despite the friction, the old team are reunited. Bel harnesses Freddie’s maverick enthusiasm to cover the crime story and, when Hector brings them an unexpected tip off, the trio find themselves with a potential scoop which could outdo new ITV rival programme, Uncovered.

Freddie Lyon is played by Ben Whishaw, Bel Rowley by Romola Garai, Hector Madden by Dominic West, Randall Brown by Peter Capaldi, Marnie Madden by Oona Chaplin, Raphael Cilenti by Vincent Riotta, Kiki Delaine by Hannah Tointon and Lix Storm by Anna Chancellor.

Ep 1/6

9:00pm Tuesday 19 July on BBC TWO

Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw star in Abi Morgan’s new BBC Two drama which takes viewers behind the scenes of a broadcast news room

Bafta Award-winning writer Abi Morgan returns to BBC Two with her first-ever drama series, from Kudos Film and Television. Revealing, entertaining and crackling with sexual frisson, The Hour takes viewers behind the scenes of a broadcast news room in London 1956.

With a highly competitive, sharp-witted and passionate love triangle at the heart of the series, it is through the lens of the lives of enigmatic Bel and her rivals, Freddie and Hector, that viewers witness the decade at its most exciting – from the ruthless sexual politics behind the polite social façade to the revelations that redefined the world for a new generation. Over the six episodes, Abi explores the interplay and intense ambitions between our rising news team.

Abi Morgan says: “The Hour is a challenging new direction for me with the chance to return to characters again and again and see them develop in a series format. I’m excited about the potential of their stories.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “Strongly authored drama series are absolutely key to re-establishing BBC Two’s reputation as the home of distinctive, intelligent and ambitious drama.

“The Hour signals this confident new direction, Abi Morgan is one of this country’s leading writing talents and she has created a breathtakingly original and surprising series that will entertain audiences.”

Jane Featherstone, Kudos Film and Television, creative director and executive producer, says: “We are chuffed to bits to be working with the fantastic Abi Morgan again, this time on her first series for television.

“The Hour is a stunning character-driven piece, focusing on the lives of three characters as they confront their own fears for their futures, while the country does the same. It is compelling, original and will make irresistible viewing.”

The Hour is a 6×60-minute drama series, commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning.

Executive producers are Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax for Kudos Film and Television, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Abi Morgan. The producer is Ruth Kenley-Letts.

The director and casting are still to be announced.

 

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