Episode 1

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The Hour, Series 2 Episode 1 of 6

Duration: 59 minutes

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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Music Played

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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 


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
Bill Kendall
Tom Burke
Marnie Madden
Oona Chaplin
Sissy Cooper
Lisa Greenwood
Raphael Cilenti
Vincent Riotta
Kiki Delaine
Hannah Tointon
Sey Ola
Adetomiwa Edun
Book Dealer
Peter Silverleaf


TV Blog: I wrote the musical score for The Hour

Bel - The Hour

"A big theme is an inability to confront emotional truths, and the score reflects this."

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