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The Hour, Series 2 Episode 1 of 6

It is late 1957 and while Macmillan claims people have 'never had it so good', the reality for the public is a mounting atmosphere of fear, permeating from a world of rising criminality and a growing Soviet threat. On the streets of Britain, organised crime is booming and nowhere more so than in the seedy back rooms and bars of Soho where racketeering and a growing sex trade make millions.

A year has passed since The Hour was unceremoniously taken off air for their controversial interview with Lord Elms, and much has changed. Freddie has been fired and gone travelling, while Bel fought to stay. She has grappled to improve the ratings and keep Hector in line as he is sucked deeper into the destructive world of celebrity. The nation's attention is focused on the Soviet nuclear threat, but Bel thinks The Hour should be focusing on the rise in crime on Britain's streets. Her whole life has become her work and, in Freddie's absence, has she come to realise just how deep her feelings for him run?

All eyes are now on the arrival of the new head of news, Randall Brown, as a force for change. His unexpected first act is to reinstate Freddie, who returns more maverick than ever. Lix too has reason to watch Randall as they have an emotional and complex history.

Meanwhile, unsettled by Marnie's decision to establish her own career, Hector finds himself drawn to the late night clubs of Soho and closer to a world of vice that could destroy his marriage and career.

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59 minutes

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Wed 14 Nov 2012 21:00

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Music credits

Saxes - Phil Todd, Jamie Talbot, Sam Walker, Martin Robertson, Alan Barnes

Trumpet - John Barclay, Patrick White, Derek Watkins

Guitar - Arthur Dick

Bass - Steve McManus

Drums - Matt Skelton, Ralph Salmins

Marimba - Sam Walton, Rob Farrer   

Alto sax - Martin Robertson

Acoustic bass - Chris Lawrence

Vocal - Helen Hamilton

Sound recordist - John Mooney

Recorded and mixed by Steve Parr

Sound maintenance engineer - Stuart McCutcheon 
Sound assistant - Lee Sharp 
Choreographer - Samantha Murray
Music supervisor - Catherine Grieves
Composer -  Kevin Sargent 


Role Contributor
Freddie LyonBen Whishaw
Bel RowleyRomola Garai
Hector MaddenDominic West
Lix StormAnna Chancellor
Angus McCainJulian Rhind-Tutt
Randall BrownPeter Capaldi
Camille MettierLizzie Brochere
Bill KendallTom Burke
Marnie MaddenOona Chaplin
Isaac WengrowJoshua McGuire
Sissy CooperLisa Greenwood
Raphael CilentiVincent Riotta
Laurie SternPeter Sullivan
Kiki DelaineHannah Tointon
Rosa Maria RamirezHannah John-Kamen
Sey OlaAdetomiwa Edun
TrevorJoe Cole
Detective AttwoodRobert Whitelock
Minister Howard SatchellLaurence Kennedy
McCains Young ManMax Fowler
Mrs GoldmanGillian Raine
Mr GoldmanAlfred Hoffman
Floor ManagerJohn Cummins
Society PhotographerDominik Golding
Book DealerPeter Silverleaf
WriterAbi Morgan
DirectorSandra Goldbacher
ProducerRuth Kenley-Letts

Meet the composer: 'A big theme is an inability to confront emotional truths, and the score reflects this'

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Kevin Sargent writes for the BBC's Love TV blog.

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