The Hour

Season 2 Episode 1

2/1.

6
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2012 on BBC America
8.7
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1957: A new head of news, the cold-blooded Randall Brown, gives Bel trouble and so, increasingly, does Hector Madden.

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  • 1957

    8.5
    Having watched both series of the Hour rather closely together I must say that it's unfortunate that BBC2 passed on renewing this magnificent period piece for a third series. This series, often seen as a "Mad Men-esque" British rip-off is unfounded for those who haven't actually seen it. Without delving too much into spoilers both series of this show had very different conspiracies from the Brightstone spy thriller of Series 1 to the political-sex scandal of Series 2. The characters have evolved and the drama was always high stakes especially the "will they, won't they" of Bel and Freddie (although we'll never see that conclusion of whether Freddie is indeed alive for a third series or whether they will be together in the future). But Series 2 had a step up in terms of having a definable villain right off the start, the despicable Raphael Cilenti who is a ruthless blackmailing nightclub owner. Series 1 had more of a spy thriller element to it with Clarence and Tom Kish as the sort of antagonists passed along. Hector, the legit Dominic West from the Wire, has certainly evolved as well. This film gave a great retrospective on the nuclear age and the Cold War age that few other shows do that remain relevant from the period to now. But overall this series is definitely worth a look for anyone who can get into period television and wants to see some legitimately fine high caliber BBC production.moreless
  • A new head of news makes Bel angry, whilst Hector's infidelities get him into big trouble - and Freddie returns with a surprise.

    7.0
    The second season of "The Hour" seems, from its opening segment, to have digested a few lessons from the critical attacks on Season One's inaccuracies - although it's unlikely that any showgirl (or prostitute) of 1957 would say anything as quaint as "None of your beeswax!", or that anyone would talk about "the usual suspects" in the manner of thirty or forty years later. If the night-club scenes are strongly reminiscent of the 1989 movie "Scandal", they don't suffer much from comparison, but naming the sinister Italian club-owner "Raphael Cilenti" seems a little outrageous to anyone who recalls the career of Sir Raphael Cilento, admittedly a fearful reactionary but also one of the twentieth century's great experts on tropical medicine (and also, by the bye, father of Diane Cilento and erstwhile father-in-law of Sean Connery). This episode hints at forthcoming plotlines about nuclear-age paranoia (what a pity that Romola Garai mispronounces "nuclear" as "nuke-u-lear"), about police corruption and race riots. However, Episode One mostly concerns itself with BBC/ITV rivalries and the impossible arrogance of Hector Madden, who now seems an even sillier fellow than in Series One.moreless
Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi

Randall Brown

Guest Star

Tom Burke

Tom Burke

Bill Kendall

Guest Star

Lizzie Brochere

Lizzie Brochere

Camille Mettier

Guest Star

Anna Chancellor

Anna Chancellor

Lix Storm

Recurring Role

Julian Rhind-Tutt

Julian Rhind-Tutt

Angus McCain

Recurring Role

Oona Chaplin

Oona Chaplin

Marnie Madden

Recurring Role

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