The Hour

Series 2 - Episode 2

The Hour
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

The “BBC Board” is due at Lime Grove Studios to watch a recording of The Hour, and they all want to meet heart-throb Hector. But Hector is in a police cell, the nightclub floozy he dallied with last week having accused him of beating her up.

Just because he is handsome and charming doesn’t mean that Hector (suave Dominic West) isn’t a thug, but his producer Bel puts doubt to the back of her mind as she tries to help her star anchorman. Will Hector embarrass the BBC? The very idea!

It’s another curiously passionless episode. Considering so much is at stake for The Hour team there’s no tension; even a sub-plot about racism on Freddie’s doorstep is perfunctory and ends up sounding sanctimonious. So thank goodness for Anna Chancellor and Peter Capaldi as foreign-desk chief Lix Storm and head of news Randall Brown. What a team.

About this programme

2/6. The Maddens host a gathering of friends at their flat, but the party atmosphere is shattered when two policemen arrive at the door to arrest Hector on suspicion of assaulting Kiki. The next day Bel has a tough job trying to keep it a secret from Randall, while Freddie further complicates matters in the newsroom when he decides to hold a controversial interview with a fascist on the same day members of the board pay a visit.

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
Sey Ola
Adetomiwa Edun
Joe Cole
Norman Pike
Morgan Watkins
Det Attwood
Robert Whitelock
John Hollingworth
Lord Reeves
Geoffrey Kirkness
Peter Silverleaf
Floor manager
John Cummins
Arresting police officer
Jim Creighton
Police officer
Kris Sadler


Sandra Goldbacher
Ruth Kenley-Letts
Abi Morgan