The Hour

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  • TV-14
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 2011
Written and created by the award-winning Abi Morgan ("The Invisible Woman," "The Iron Lady," "Shame") and produced by Kudos Film and TV, the new six-parter sees the return of the highly competitive, share-witted and passionate news trio Bel (Romola... read more
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Written and created by the award-winning Abi Morgan ("The Invisible Woman," "The Iron Lady," "Shame") and produced by Kudos Film and TV, the new six-parter sees the return of the highly competitive, share-witted and passionate news trio Bel (Romola Garai, "Emma"), Hector (Dominic West, "The Wire") and Freddie (Ben Whishaw,"Bright Star") in an original, edge-of-your-seat spy thriller set in the world of 1950s television journalism. A recent Emmy nominee for Best Miniseries Writing, the next installment of "The Hour" rejoins the team a year later in 1957 where we are introduced to new characters played by Peter Capaldi ("The Thick of It," "The Nativity"), Hannah Tointon ("The Inbetweeners") and Tom Burke ("State of Play"). Jane Featherstone, Creative Director and Executive Producer, Kudos Film and Television, says: "In series two of 'The Hour' we are going to find out what happens next in the lives of our news team, as they engage with a new year full of old flames, new loves, thrilling stories and plenty of scandal. Taking us even deeper into our characters' lives and engaging the viewers with its energy, wit and story, we're chuffed to bits to bits to be able to keep the world alive." The sequel sees the team still striving to broadcast the stories they believe in, as they grapple with the looming spectre of the Cold War and changing social mores. It will chart political intrigue and corruption against the highly charged backdrop of a country in the grip of unsettling and rapid change. With the space race and nuclear power, Britain seems on the threshold of a new era of modernization, economic optimism, scientific progress and cultural change in the face of new immigration from the Commonwealth. But under the buoyant veneer, our characters become deeply embroiled in cover-ups, sexual intrigues and the resurgence of Mosley's fascism... Bel Rowly is still single and determined not to get involved with another married man. Clarence is in prison and she must now report to Randall Brown (Peter Capaldi) the eccentric new Head of News. While juggling the sparky relationships around her, she finds out that Hector is being lured to ITV. She fights for her program and finds herself taking on her adversary, Bill Kendall (Tom Burke), a producer whose magnetic charm she can't help but find irresistible. Hector Madden has risen to the status of a national celebrity, all while maintaining his lifestyle as a happily married man and the face of "The Hour." He is unsettled by Marnie's desire to establish her own career and finds himself drawn to the late night clubs of Soho where he befriends Kiki (Hannah Tointon), a club hostess. No longer happy at "The Hour" under Randall's new regime, he is tempted by other offers, but when a night at the club goes terribly wrong, scandal threatens and Hector must try to stop a news story that could destroy his marriage and his career. Freddie Lyons, who was fired after Lord Elms' live interview, makes an unexpected return to "The Hour" as co-host after being away for several months -- traveling around the world. He has not lost his passion to investigate and as he becomes embroiled with exposing cover-ups it becomes clear that the ghosts of Freddie's past will not let him go. Lix is still heading up the foreign desk, fighting for airtime for international stories, but a new side of her is revealed when Randall arrives at "The Hour." Meanwhile, McCain (Julian Rhind-Tutt) is now Head of Press for Macmillan, protecting the recently elected Prime Minister and the closed circle of his cabinet.

Original Release

07/19/2011 on BBC

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Cast

Dominic West Hector Madden
Anna Chancellor Lix Storm
Oona Chaplin Marnie Madden
Romola Garai Bel Rowley
Ben Whishaw Freddie Lyon
Julian Rhind-Tutt Angus McCain
Lisa Greenwood Sissy Cooper
Joshua McGuire Isaac Wengrow
Paul Chahidi Ron
Peter Sullivan Commander Laurence Stern
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Episode #2.1 Wednesday, 14 November 2012
2 Episode #2.2 Wednesday, 21 November 2012
3 Episode #2.3 Wednesday, 28 November 2012
4 Episode #2.4 Wednesday, 05 December 2012
5 Episode #2.5 Wednesday, 12 December 2012
6 Episode #2.6 Thursday, 13 December 2012
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Directors

Jamie Payne, Harry Bradbeer, Catherine Morshead, Coky Giedroyc, Sandra Goldbacher

Writers

Nicole Taylor, George Kay

Creators

Abi Morgan

Cast

Dominic West Hector Madden
Anna Chancellor Lix Storm
Oona Chaplin Marnie Madden
Romola Garai Bel Rowley
Ben Whishaw Freddie Lyon
Julian Rhind-Tutt Angus McCain
Lisa Greenwood Sissy Cooper
Joshua McGuire Isaac Wengrow
Paul Chahidi Ron
Peter Sullivan Commander Laurence Stern
Anton Lesser Clarence Fendley
Tom Burke Bill Kendall
Hannah Tointon Kiki Delaine
Peter Capaldi Randall Brown
Morgan Watkins Norman Pike
Robert Demeger Malcolm Lyon
Hannah John-Kamen Rosa Maria Ramírez
Robert Whitelock DC John Attwood
Ken Bones Wallace Sherwin
Tim Pigott-Smith Lord Elms

Producers

Derek Wax Executive Producer
Abi Morgan Executive Producer
Jane Featherstone Executive Producer
Lucy Richer Executive Producer
Ruth Kenley-Letts Producer
Cahal Bannon Producer
Noelle Morris Producer
Patrick Schweitzer Producer

Editors

Gareth C. Scales, Paul Machliss, Xavier Russell, Nick Arthurs

2013 Golden Globe Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2013 Emmy Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Nominated
2013 Emmy Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Won
2012 Golden Globe Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2012 Emmy Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Nominated
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