In 1956, pushy young BBC TV reporter Freddie Lyon, bored with covering celebrity banquets and debutantes' weddings, applies, with his more self-effacing colleague Bel Rowley, to be on the new news magazine series 'The Hour' but loses out on the job of presenter to the suave, older Hector Madden. Bel however is given the producer's job and uses this to engage Freddie as home affairs correspondent with an assistant, would-be sketch writer Isaac Wengow. Dauntless foreign correspondent Lix Storm, who reported on the Spanish Civil War, also joins the team. A man called Peter Darrall has been stabbed to death on the London underground and, whilst the police treat this as a robbery, newly-wed debutante Hon. Ruth Elms, daughter of Lord Elms, is unconvinced and asks her childhood friend Freddie to investigate. On the night of 'The Hour''s launch party, Freddie gets an urgent phone call from Ruth, whom he finds hanged.
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Did You Know?
At one point Ben Whishaw
's character Freddie calls Bel (Romola Garai
) Moneypenny, a reference to the James Bond series. Within six months of the episode airing Whishaw was cast as Q in the latest James Bond movie Skyfall
(2012), a film which would reintroduce the character of Moneypenny played by Naomie Harris
after being absent for the previous two Daniel Craig
Bond films. See more
The expression "the Devil's in the details" (a modern variation of "God is in the detail") was not invented until the early Seventies and did not come into general use until much later still. See more
References The Sooty Show