The Hour

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.0  (9,920)

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.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
January 2, 2013
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.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
December 26, 2012
After a source's body is discovered in a Soho backstreet, Bel demands that the team take a break in their pursuit of the dangerous Cilenti. As she attempts to convince Freddie not to risk his life for a story, he becomes more determined than ever due to a new lead.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
December 19, 2012
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...
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
December 12, 2012
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.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
December 5, 2012
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.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
November 28, 2012
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.
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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.

The Hour is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on August 15, 2011.

Where to Watch The Hour

The Hour is available for streaming on the BBC America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Hour on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    August 15, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (9,920)