Created by Abi Morgan, The Hour centers on a current affairs news show in the late 1950’s. The drama series, produced by Kudos Film & TV, stars Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Romola Garai, Anton Lesser, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Joshua McGuire, Lisa Greenwood, Anna Chancellor, Kelly-Jayne Adams. Burn Gorman, Juliet Stevenson. Tim Pigott-Smith, Andrew Scott and Oona Castilla Chaplin. In the show’s second season, set in 1957, 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 and is chasing a story, but doesn’t have the manpower to tell it. Meanwhile, all eyes are on the new Head of News, Randall Brown, as a force for change. 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. 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.
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