Sequel to Acclaimed Drama ‘The Hour’ to Be Co-Produced By BBC America Again

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The critically-acclaimed drama The Hour will return to BBC America sometime next year with the channel co-producing again a new six-part mini-series sequel, featuring the return of the highly competitive, sharp-witted and passionate news trio Bel (Romola Garai), Hector (Dominic West) and Freddie (Ben Whishaw). The sequel will also include beloved Lix (Anna Chancellor), scheming McCain (Julian Rhind-Tutt) and newly assertive Marnie Madden (Oona Chaplin).

The sequel rejoins The Hour team a year later in 1957 and will introduce new characters played by Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It and The Nativity), Hannah Tointon (The Inbetweeners) and Tom Burke (State of Play).

The sequel will see the team still striving to broadcast the stories they believe in, as they grapple with the looming spectre of the Cold War and changing social mores. It will chart political intrigue and corruption against the highly charged backdrop of a country in the grip of unsettling and rapid change. With the space race and nuclear power, Britain seems on the threshold of a new era of modernization, economic optimism, scientific progress and cultural change in the face of new immigration from the Commonwealth. But under the buoyant veneer, our characters become deeply embroiled in cover-ups, sexual intrigues and the resurgence of Mosley’s fascism.

Filming started this week in the London area and will continue for the next three months. ‘The Hour’ will return in 2012 as part of the networks’ Dramaville, the home of groundbreaking British drama.