The Hour: Season 2 (2012)


Season 2
The Hour

Critics Consensus

It may move a little slowly for some, but The Hour's second season offers stylish, well-written, and well-acted drama.



Critic Ratings: 27


Audience Score

User Ratings: 43
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Air date: Nov 28, 2012
Air date: Dec 5, 2012
Air date: Dec 12, 2012
Air date: Dec 19, 2012
Air date: Dec 26, 2012
Air date: Jan 2, 2013

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Tv Season Info

The second and final season of "The Hour" picks up one year after the newsmagazine was abruptly pulled off the air for broadcasting a controversial interview with Lord Elms, which resulted in Freddie (Ben Whishaw) being fired. It's now 1957 and Bel (Romola Garai) is reporting to a new eccentric Head of News, Randall Brown (Peter Capaldi), and struggling to keep popular presenter Hector Madden (Dominic West) from bolting to rival ITV, especially when Freddie is re-hired as co-presenter. To keep Hector, she takes on charming ITV producer Bill Kendal (Tom Burke) and becomes captivated by his magnetic personality. But soon Hector is embroiled in a scandal that threatens his marriage and career, and Freddie attempts to break a career-making story about a secret nuclear-testing program that will expose government corruption at the highest levels. Also starring: Oona Chaplin; Hannah Tointon; Anna Chancellor; and Julian Rhind-Tutt.


Ben Whishaw
as Freddie Lyon
Romola Garai
as Bel Rowley
Dominic West
as Hector Madden
Anton Lesser
as Clarence Fendley
Julian Rhind-Tutt
as Angus McCain
Joshua McGuire
as Isaac Wengrow
Vincent Riotta
as Raphael Cilenti
Oona Chaplin
as Marnie Madden
Peter Capaldi
as Randall Brown
Tom Burke
as Bill Kendal
Lisa Greenwood
as Sissy Cooper
Ken Bones
as Wallace Sherwin
John Bowe
as Douglas Owen
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Critic Reviews for The Hour Season 2

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (17)

The Hour remains tautly structured and with just the right balance between necessary period cliché and fun facts.

Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Hour specialises in creeping realisations and barely-seen glances that flick to and fro, while the discussion of important social issues gets scribbled in the margins of a densley-written script.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

A smart, well-written, and brilliantly acted drama about politics, espionage, murder, sex, racism, and war in 1950s Britain.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Someone who never saw the first season could jump in Wednesday night and quickly get downright absorbed in one of the best-crafted and acted dramas on television.

Nov 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are real pleasures with The Hour.

Nov 14, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a subtle intertwining of journalists' professional struggles, their personal lives, and the thorny social issues that envelope them, and I can't recommend it enough.

Nov 14, 2012 | Full Review…

The Hour, at its sumptuously art-directed heart, is an upscale soap opera, and the first two episodes work up a fine froth.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite its superficial attention to 1950s detail (suits, hats, frocks, cars), the more The Hour tries to feel authentic, the less convincing it becomes.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Abi Morgan spins a dazzling tale with the help of a glamorous cast.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

While Freddie, played wonderfully by Whishaw, remains one of the show's virtues, The Hour's great disappointment is that this new season is still doing so badly by Bel.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hour: Season 2

  • Dec 20, 2014
    Good British series. It's a shame it only had two seasons.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Except for minor errors, such as the French girl who acts pretty bad, the whole show is a must-see. The actors all play so well and with a lot of restraint that I often find very touching. The atmosphere is unique, scented with melancholia. I soon became passionate with their story and how they fight for their show to exist.

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