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The Hour is a BBC television drama series focusing on the work of a group of journalists during the 1956 Suez Crisis. The two seasons of the show are divided into six hour-long episodes that were produced by Kudos Film & TV for broadcast on the BBC2 network in the U.K.; the second season, which began airing during 2012 was co-produced by the BBC and its sister network BBC America. The first season of the show received a mixed critical reception that improved as the series continued. The series was created and is written by Abi Morgan.

The Hour begins with BBC journalist Freddie Lyons, played by Ben Whishaw becoming disillusioned with his life creating newsreels shown before movies in the U.K. in the 1950s. His friend Bel Rowley, played by Romola Galia, is given the job of creating and producing a news program for the BBC called The Hour; Freddie is given the job of heading the domestic news desk, a position he feels is beneath his skills but which he accepts to gain a foothold in television news. Rowley and her boss Clarence appoint Hector Madden as the anchor for the show; Rowley and Madden quickly begin an affair that is ended when she is warned her career is in danger because of Hector.

As the series progresses, the worsening situation in the Suez becomes the main focus for most of the news team; because of this, Freddie is left alone to investigate the death of two people, Ruth Elms and Peter Darrell. As the Suez Crisis becomes a global problem, The Hour news teams battle to get information from the government to pass on to their viewers. Freddie's investigation leads him to discover Darrell and Elms were Soviet spies he suspects were killed by the British government; an interview with Elms Father leads to the sacking of Rowley after he denounces the British government live on the air.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on BBC America
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
August 15, 2011
Drama
8.0/10
Cast: Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor
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The Hour Full Episode Guide

  • Scandal manages to hit The Hour as Hector's face makes the cover of the tabloids, accompanied by leaked stories of Kiki's accusations. Bill questions Bel's affections. Lix and Randall finally manage to get some answers in their efforts to find their daughter.

  • Bel and Freddie suggest exposing Cilenti's vice network and police collusion over an anti-nuclear policy. Meanwhile, Randall and Lix's relationship is reignited over new information regarding their long-lost secret...

  • Bel and Freddie are determined to find the person responsible for beating up Kiki, but dredging up the arrest infuriates Hector, whose drinking begins to spiral out of control.

  • Hector and Marnie invite their friends to a party at their apartment and discuss racial tension as it increases across London, due to the influx of immigrants from the Commonwealth who bring diversity into the streets.

  • A year has passed since The Hour was unceremoniously taken off air. Freddie has been fired, while Bel fought to stay - now all eyes are on the new Head of News, Randall Brown, as a force for change. Meanwhile, Hector's refusal to address his marital problems with Marnie has drawn him deep into the glamour of Soho club, El Paradis.

  • As violence erupts over the Suez Canal, the British government cracks down on content censorship with a blackout. Will Bel accept McCains' terms or risk cancellation by sticking to her guns? Freddie's digging finally leads him to the mole, and more.

  • It's Freddie's birthday and the aftermath of Tom's death is still looming around the newsroom. Two huge news stories are breaking but Freddie has disappeared and it's a newly confident Hector who's leading the charge. Meanwhile Bel and Hector's affair ignites and Isaac's got his sights set on Sissy.

  • A shooting party at Hector's in-laws offers Freddie an opportunity to question Adam Le Ray about Ruth. Meanwhile, Hector struggles with his marriage and his feelings for Bel. At the office, people are becoming more suspicious about Tom Kish.

  • 'The Hour' is up and running, but Bel and Freddie are having trouble with Hector's on-camera personality. Freddie gets deeper into his conspiracy investigations, as revolution in Egypt forces both Bel and Hector to step up their game.

  • June 1956. BBC reporters and soul-mates Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon spot their opportunity to be a part of a brand new current affairs TV show at Lime Grove Studios. But as Freddie's interview looms, a chance meeting with an old friend finds him pursuing a new story and thrusts him deep into the middle of a dark and dangerous conspiracy.

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