The Hour

The Hour

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller set in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program. With the Suez Crisis brewing in the background, a small team of British journalists launches an hourlong investigative news show on BBC television called THE HOUR. Producer Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) pulls in Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw), the best reporter she knows, to serve as the show’s home affairs correspondent, while the handsome and charismatic Hector Madden (Dominic West) gets the coveted position of presenter.

Mystery Alley - The Hour

Season 1
Season 1
  • The Hour S01 E01 - Episode 1

    June 1956. BBC reporters and best friends Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon spot their opportunity to be a part of a brand new current affairs program at Lime Grove Studios. But as Freddie's interview looms, a chance meeting with an old friend finds him pursuing a new story and thrusts him deep into the middle of a gripping adventure.

  • The Hour S01 E02 - Episode 2

    "The Hour" is struggling; ratings are down, reviews are terrible, and Hector and Freddie are bickering like children. As events escalate in Suez, Bel knows their only hope is to pull off a brave interview with an Egyptian diplomat. But is Hector up to the challenge? Meanwhile Freddie discovers a mysterious code which may serve as a clue to Ruth's death.

  • The Hour S01 E03 - Episode 3

    A weekend invite to a shooting party at Hector's in-laws gives Freddie an opportunity to quiz Adam Le Ray on his relationship with Ruth, while Hector struggles with his ailing marriage and his growing feelings for Bel. At the office, suspicion about Tom Kish is mounting and Isaac's on the case.

  • The Hour S01 E04 - Episode 4

    It's Freddie's birthday and the effects of Tom's death are still being felt around the newsroom. Two huge news stories are breaking but Freddie has disappeared and it's a newly confident Hector who's leading the charge. Meanwhile Bel and Hector's affair gathers steam and Isaac's got his eye on Sissy.

  • The Hour S01 E05 - Episode 5

    The war in Suez has the country divided and McCain steps up pressure on the newsroom to tow a pro-government line, but a huge anti-war protest gathering in London gives Freddie other ideas. Meanwhile pressure mounts on Bel and Hector when news of their affair gets out and Lix helps Freddie with an important lead.

  • The Hour S01 E06 - Episode 6

    "The Hour" is about to go live and everyone feels the tension as they prepare to defy government instruction and deliver a controversial episode on the crisis in Suez. Freddie finally learns what happened to Ruth, and Hector and Bel come to a decision on their affair.

  • Extra, Extra History

    Ovation and The Hour present… History in review: 1956

  • Cold War 411

    Ovation and The Hour present… History in review: The Red Scare

  • Suez Canal 411

    Ovation and The Hour present… History in review: The Suez Crisis

  • Hector Madden

    Hector Madden

    Dominic West

    Hector Madden

    Hector has risen to the status of national celebrity. With connections in Government and pursued by the press, he maintains his appearance as a happily married man and face of 'The Hour.' A night at the club goes awry, scandal threatens, and Hector must try to stop a news story that could destroy his marriage and his career.

  • Bel Rowley

    Bel Rowley

    Romola Garai

    Bel Rowley

    Bel has been producing "The Hour" single-handed since Freddie's departure and is upset to find out that Hector is considering leaving for a competitor, ITV. She's sworn off married men, but tensions arise as Freddie comes back to the show while she's fighting the ever charming Bill Knowles in order to keep Hector from fleeing to ITV.

  • Freddie Lyon

    Freddie Lyon

    Ben Whishaw

    Freddie Lyon

    After Freddie was fired from "The Hour," he spent several months traveling the world. His surprise return to "The Hour" unsettles not only Hector, but also Bel. The spark between them is still alive, but Freddie has a secret that Bel has yet to uncover, which changes everything.

  • Lix Storm

    Lix Storm

    Anna Chancellor

    Lix Storm

    Lix is heading up the foreign desk when Randall arrives at "The Hour." Lix and Randall have a complicated and emotional history. Ultimately she wrestles with her own identity as Randall accuses her of running from the past.

  • Marnie


    Ooana Chaplin


    When scandal threatens to destroy not only her marriage to Hector but also both their careers, Marnie finds a renewed strength of character, and gives Hector an ultimatum that changes everything.

  • Kiki Delaine

    Kiki Delaine

    Hannah Tointin

    Kiki Delaine

    Kiki Delaine is the young, beautiful, talented singer and ‘star attraction’ at El Paradis, the Soho Club run by the charming but dangerous Raphael Cilenti. It’s at El Paradis that she meets Hector who falls for her charms.

  • Randall Brown

    Randall Brown

    Peter Capaldi

    Randall Brown

    The new head of news at "The Hour," Randall has other motives for joining the program. He wants to rekindle his relationship with Lix.

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