The Hour

Series 2 - Episode 5

The Hour
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Freddie gives his producer Bel a helpful little guide to being a reporter: “We’re journalists, this is what we do. We pursue the best, most important story!”

Bel, having put her nightclub source in the path of danger last week, is remorseful: “Oh God, what have we done?” she wails. She wants to drop the investigation into El Paradis but Freddie won’t hear of it. He’s a journalist, you see.

As The Hour pitter-patters to a close (the final episode is tomorrow), the gang decide that they can sniff the stench of corruption in high places and that the bad people must be exposed. Even a tempting offer from ITV can’t put Hector (Dominic West) off the scent.

About this programme

5/6. When one of their sources is found dead in Soho, a shaken Bel wants the team to halt their pursuit of Cilenti - but Freddie is more determined than ever to carry on when he discovers a new lead. Meanwhile, Hector impresses executives in a meeting with ITV and is tempted by the prospect of a job alongside Marnie as the channel's golden couple, and Randall and Lix are drawn further together as they search for their daughter. The last episode of the series can be seen tomorrow at 9pm.

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
Raphael Cilenti
Vincent Riotta
Bill Kendall
Tom Burke
Marnie Madden
Oona Chaplin
Isaac Wengrow
Joshua McGuire
Sissy Cooper
Lisa Greenwood
Laurie Stern
Peter Sullivan
Kiki Delaine
Hannah Tointon
Norman Pike
Morgan Watkins
Sey Ola
Adetomiwa Edun
Henrietta Williams
Helen Schlesinger
Peter Tufnell
Peter Temple
John Hollingworth
Defence Minister Satchell
Laurence Kennedy
ITV Exec
Roger May
Dorothy Edwards
Patricia England
French registrar
Charlotte Winer
El Paradis dancer
Stephanie Elstob
El Paradis dancer
Kirsty Mather
El Paradis dancer
Betsy Rose


Jamie Payne
Ruth Kenley-Letts
Abi Morgan