"The Hour" (TV show) on BBC America is a Golden Globe-nominated miniseries from Emmy-nominated writer and creator Abi Morgan ("The Iron Lady," "Shame"). The sequel sees the return of the highly competitive, sharp-witted and passionate news trio of Freddie (Ben Whishaw, "Skyfall"), Bel (Romola Garai, "The Crimson Petal and the White") and Hector (Dominic West, "The Wire") — still striving to broadcast stories they believe in. Now joined by the new eccentric Head of News, Randall Brown (Peter Capaldi, "The Thick of It"), the sequel — set in late 1957 — will see the personal meet the professional as the characters become deeply embroiled in cover-ups, corruption, love affairs, sexual intrigues and the resurgence of Mosley's fascism. Welcome to the end of the '50s.

It's been a year since "The Hour" was unceremoniously taken off air for the program's controversial interview with Lord Elms. Much has changed. Freddie was fired and left to go traveling. Bel fought to stay and has tried to improve ratings, while keeping Hector in line as he's fawned over and sucked deeper into the destructive world of celebrity. With the ITV channel a strong competitor and Hector's star on the rise, Bel will fight to hold on to her lead presenter and keep from losing him to the other side. Hector must decide where his loyalties lie, while Bel battles for her program and takes on her adversary, Bill Kendall (Tom Burke), an ITV producer whose magnetic charm she starts to find irresistible. Bill intrigues and challenges Bel, but will anyone ever be able to compete with her intellectual soul mate and passionate sparring partner, Freddie? The truth is, Bel is lonely. Her whole life has become her work and with Freddie absent, has she come to realize just how deep her feelings for him run?

Freddie, newly returned from America, has a vein of ambition running through him, not seen before. Driven as ever, he finds himself fronting "The Hour" as co-host. He will battle to finally break a career-changing expose that goes all the way from the criminal underworld up to the higher echelons of power. Freddie also has domestic concerns to confront. Notting Hill has changed and racial tensions rise as, with the continuing influx of new migrants, unscrupulous landlords take advantage, one of whom has his eyes on Freddie's house.

In "The Hour" Season 2, the personal will meet the professional as Hector, unsettled by Marnie's decision to establish her own career, finds himself drawn into the late night clubs of Soho where he visits a number of high class call girls and befriends a corrupt elite who lead him astray. A reunion with an old friend, Commander Laurie Stern (Peter Sullivan), becomes a lifeline when Hector's pushed towards a scandal that could destroy his marriage and his career. While helping Hector clear his name, Bel and Freddie uncover a growing vice racket, shrouded by backroom deals and military corruption. 

It's late 1957 and although Macmillan claims people have "never had it so good," the reality for the public is a mounting atmosphere of fear, arising from a world of rising criminality and a growing Soviet threat. Russia has launched Sputnik, sending the international world into waves of panic and triggering a rise in nuclear armament. On the streets of Britain, organized crime is booming and nowhere more so than in the seedy back rooms and bars of Soho, where racketeering and a growing sex trade help fortunes to be made. The worlds of showbiz and the establishment rub shoulders as politicians, celebrities and businessmen are entertained in late night members clubs, which offer services with discretion … but always at a price.


Network: BBC America
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Seasons: 2
Production Company: Kudos Productions Ltd.

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