Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot19 July 2011
1956. Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon, BBC reporters and best friends, apply to join a new current affairs program. Meanwhile, Freddie is asked to investigate a murder.
26 July 2011
With "The Hour" struggling, Bel knows they need to pull off an interview with an Egyptian diplomat. Is Hector up to the challenge? And Freddie believes he may have found a clue to the mystery he is investigating.
2 August 2011
A weekend party at Hector's in-laws gives Freddie the chance to question Ruth's fiancé. Hector and Bel struggle with their attraction towards each other. Meanwhile, Isaac continues the investigation back at the office.
9 August 2011
Freddie disappears from the office just as two huge news stories are breaking. The newly confident Hector takes command. Bel and Hector's affair heats up.
16 August 2011
McCain pressures "The Hour" to toe the line concerning the Suez Crisis, but Freddie has other ideas. And Lix helps Freddie with an important lead.
23 August 2011
The team prepare to air a controversial episode on the Suez Crisis. Hector and Bel must make a decision about their relationship. Finally, Freddie learns the truth about what happened to Ruth.
14 November 2012
Bel is back at The Hour with gruff new head of news Randall Brown,a man with whom Lix clearly has history,replacing the jailed Clarence. Hector is still neglecting Marnie to frequent a Soho club which fronts sex parties and where he picks up actress Kiki Delaine though it is under police observation. He frequently arrives late for work and annoys colleagues with his cavalier attitude. Bel is both pleased and annoyed when Freddie returns from Paris,brought in behind her back to co-present with Hector,who has been warned he must improve or face the sack. Hector feels threatened by the younger man. ITV news programmer Bill Kendall,however,is impressed when,at a press conference supposedly to discuss civil defence, Hector and Freddie,using a document leaked by Hector's army chum police commander Stern,accuse the minister of shaving the much needed police budget to pay for nuclear weapons. Bel gets a shock when,visiting Freddie,he introduces her to Camille,his new French wife.
21 November 2012
Whilst Marnie gets a job as a television chef and is considered an ideal housewife,Hector is arrested for beating up Kiki. With nobody else anxious to help him Bel does some sleuthing at the El Paradis club and finds that Kiki poses for nude photos and suspects that perhaps she was assaulted by a jealous boyfriend. She is right but he is very high profile and when Hector is released he is unaware of his identity. Nonetheless Hector returns to the club after Marnie has told him that from now on theirs will be a marriage in name only. Freddie courts controversy by announcing that,given the current climate of colour prejudice,he will host a discussion between Sissy's boyfriend,black doctor Ola and a boy with fascist leanings. The doctor's eloquence humiliates the racist and the broadcast is deemed a success. Randall warns Bill Kendall off trying to poach Hector but Bel finds herself being charmed by Bill.
28 November 2012
Freddie takes Camille to El Paradis but Kiki is not there and noone seems to know her whereabouts. Some nights later he returns alone and,although he is ejected,he spots Kiki and follows her home to an opulent flat. Whilst she will not speak to him he suspects that Stern is keeping her. He also finds out that the flat is owned by Pike,his own landlord who is driving out sitting tenants in order to bring in immigrants and charge exorbitant rents. Freddie realises that Cilente,the shady owner of El Paradis,has Stern in his pocket and tries to convince Hector. Whilst Hector finds it hard to think badly of an old friend he chairs a discussion on the government's failure to decriminalize homosexuality. Stern is speaking against its legitimacy and Hector uses the opportunity to claim that he believes the police force is condoning heterosexual vice. At the office party Hector and Marnie put up a show but Bel ends up kissing Bill.
5 December 2012
Lix and Randall get a letter from France implying that their teen-aged daughter is alive. Camille walks out on Freddie,claiming that he prefers his job and Bel to her,but Bel goes on a date with Bill. Hector tries in vain to persuade Stern to hand Cilenti over to the law but Stern,refuses,alleging that it would ruin him. Hector gives him a week in which to make up his mind. Bel persuades El Paradis showgirl Rosa Maria to blow the whistle on Cilenti,including his and Pike's part in the shady arms deal. However in the meantime McCain offers Hector a scoop,the resignation of the chancellor of the exchequer,which 'The Hour' runs instead. Only afterwards do the news team work out that McCain has his own agenda and Bel fears that Cilenti may have got to Rosa Maria.
12 December 2012
With Marnie enjoying her own cookery programme Hector agrees to move to ITV for a larger salary,partly as a sop to Manie as he is infertile. Lix and Randall visit the French embassy but there is no news of their daughter. Bel is appalled to read that Rosa Maria has been killed,assuredly on Cilenti's orders and wants to stop the investigation,claiming that,as journalists,they should uncover the truth. Freddie confronts Stern to no avail but Randall presents McCain with photos that will reveal his homosexuality and is rewarded with news that members of the arms company are meeting at El Paradis. Freddie,Hector and Bel turn up and see that Satchell,the government defence minister,is part of the meeting. Before Freddie can discover more Stern leads a raid on the club.
13 December 2012
The club is raided and Stern arrests Cilenti for Rosa Maria's murder but he is released on bail.Next day tabloid front pages name Hector as being caught in the raid and mention his alleged attack on Kiki. As a result Bill cancels his ITV contract,ending things between himself and Bel. Marnie,however,stands by Hector and,to his surprise,announces that she is pregnant. McCain tells the journalists that the government leaked Hector's presence at the club to the press as a face saving exercise,making Freddie determined to follow through the story. He gets Kiki to the studio where Hector interviews her and she reveals everything about Cilenti's blackmail ring,his part in blackmailing the defence secretary into giving his company the tender to build nuclear bases and the corrupt policemen who visit the club. 'The Hour' has triumphed in bringing down a corrupt empire but Freddie is captured by Cilenti and his heavies and badly beaten up. As his battered body is thrown in front of the studio Bel rushes to be with him.
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