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Series 2-Episode 2

Series 2-Episode 2

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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.


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 & 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
Trevor Joe Cole
Norman Pike Morgan Watkins
Det Attwood Robert Whitelock
Alistair John Hollingworth
Lord Reeves Geoffrey Kirkness
Bookseller Peter Silverleaf
Floor manager John Cummins
Arresting police officer Jim Creighton
Police officer Kris Sadler
Director Sandra Goldbacher
Producer Ruth Kenley-Letts
Writer Abi Morgan
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