The Hour

Series 2 - Episode 3

The Hour
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Christmas is coming and there are paper chains dangling from The Hour’s office walls. But no one is feeling very festive, particularly Hector, who is drunk and maudlin after the travails of last week. The nightclub singer who accused him of beating her up is missing and Hector’s long-suffering wife, who has become, of all things, a TV chef, makes him fry his own eggs for breakfast.

It’s another leisurely episode of a drama that is so deeply in love with its own image it might just as well draw hearts on the screen and order itself a bunch of flowers. I think the problem is that The Hour looks so gorgeous (and really, it does, its production is lushly beautiful), but it’s all a bit stolid and perfunctory underneath.

There are good things about it, though — Peter Capaldi, Anna Chancellor and Tom Burke, never around long enough as a suave ITV news boss.

About this programme

3/6. It's Christmas at Lime Grove and also a time for much soul-searching within the team. Kiki has gone missing and Hector's self-destructive behaviour escalates. leaving Bel and Freddie to search for the truth about what happened to the showgirl. Meanwhile, Randall tells Lix the real reason for his return - but is she willing to dredge up the painful past?

Cast and crew


Freddie Lyon
Ben Whishaw
Bel Rowley
Romola Garai
Hector Madden
Dominic West
Lix Storm
Anna Chancellor
Angus McCain
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Randall Brown
Peter Capaldi
Camille Mettier
Lizzie Brochere
Bill Kendall
Tom Burke
Marnie Madden
Oona Chaplin
Isaac Wengrow
Joshua McGuire
Sissy Cooper
Lisa Greenwood
Raphael Cilenti
Vincent Riotta
Laurie Stern
Peter Sullivan
Kiki Delaine
Hannah Tointon
Rosa Maria Ramirez
Hannah John-Kamen
Norman Pike
Morgan Watkins
Det Attwood
Robert Whitelock
Mrs Goldman
Gillian Raine
Peter Tufnell
Peter Temple
Peter Grey
Jake Canuso
Adrian McLoughlin
Paul Chahidi
Society photographer
Dominik Golding
Tombola announcer
Andrew Bone
Stern's secretary
Sonja Nathan


Catherine Morshead
Ruth Kenley-Letts
Nicole Taylor