The Hour

Series 2 - Episode 4

The Hour
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Head of news Randall Brown won’t let Freddie Lyon and Bel Rowley go on air with a half-baked, potentially libellous story. “Without analysis? Without evidence? Dig deeper, go further, find new sources,” he barks. As if the BBC would ever go on air with something so potentially explosive without checking it thoroughly first. The very idea!

Bel and Freddie are convinced there are dark deeds at El Paradis, which appears to be London’s only nightclub, and they want to expose the web of corruption at its heart. Bel’s such a klutz, she manages to put her source in serious danger. But never mind, because Hector finds a scoop all by himself.

About this programme

4/6. Freddie and Bel make startling discoveries about the extent of Soho club-owner Cilenti's influence - but fear they may have gone too far in pursuit of the story when a source puts herself in mortal danger. Hector confronts old demons with Laurie and risks upsetting the team by protecting his best friend, while Lix and Randall receive uplifting news.

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
Peter Tufnell
Peter Temple
Det Attwood
Robert Whitelock
Mr Chapman
Roger Ringrose
Mr Chapman's secretary
Lexy Howe
El Paradis dancer
Kirsty Mather
El Paradis dancer
Shobi Miller Lawson
El Paradis dancer
Caroline Royce
Society photographer
Dominik Golding
Paul Chahidi


Catherine Morshead
Ruth Kenley-Letts
George Kay