The Hour: Season 2 (2012)

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Season 2
The Hour

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

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Critic Ratings: 28

82%

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User Ratings: 45

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 28, 2012

The second season begins with a fear of nuclear war, but Bel thinks the real story may be the increase in crime. Meanwhile, Hector ignores his marital problems and is drawn deeper into the world of the El Paradis club.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2012

Hector is arrested on suspicion of beating up Kiki. Meanwhile, Freddie and Camille steal the limelight at a party.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2012

Bel and Freddie investigate Kiki's beating; Hector spirals out of control.

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Air date: Dec 19, 2012

Bel and Freddie try to expose Cilenti's vice network and police collusion over a story about antinuclear policy. Meanwhile, photos from the NATO summit reveal a surprise connection.

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Air date: Dec 26, 2012

Bel is shaken by news of a source's murder and tries to stop the team's pursuit of corrupt Cilenti.

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Air date: Jan 2, 2013

Kiki's accusations go public. Meanwhile, a major conspiracy is uncovered by the team.

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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.

Critic Reviews for The Hour Season 2

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (18)

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…
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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…

If only the show's producers had more faith in their characters-and in the idea that viewers will be entertained and challenged by watching them struggle to do a good job of holding people out there in the "real world" accountable for their actions.

Nov 14, 2012 | Full Review…
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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…

It's a step up from the first series; fingers crossed there's a third.

Aug 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The players seem to spend much of their time entering and exiting the same drab offices while shoveling exposition at one other.

Nov 14, 2012 | Rating: C | 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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