The Hour Series 2 Episode 2 Review

It’s another great installment of The Hour this week, as we delve into the difficult area of racial tensions in Britain at a time when immigration and casual fascism was a hot topic both on the streets and on the television. There’s also trouble for Hector, whose affair with the actress last week lands him in a very precarious position.

It’s a slow news week and Bel and Freddie pursue a controversial debate piece between Freddie’s black neighbor and the bad news across the street. After the latter attacks his new wife, it causes tensions at home when Freddie decides to give him a segment on The Hour at a time when debate over such matters was unprecedented. It brings the central ideas of The Hour back into the show, as they delve into the changing news landscape at the time. There’s also a nice too-and-fro between Bel and the news editor, now that Freddie’s place on the program has shifted slightly.

Of course, Hector misses out of the whole thing because he’s been arrested for the attack on last week’s actress/singer/showgirl, Kiki. Despite the audience knowing of his innocence, absolutely everyone else around him doubts how involved he really was with the girl, and things don’t look incredibly promising. Bel’s investigative urges get the better of her and she tries to uncover the truth, before eventually deciding that she might not know him as well as she’d thought. The whole thread looks like it’ll be around for the rest of the series, as well as the pitfalls of celebrity and a life of excess for Hector.

While he’s out and about, his wife has scores a job of her own on a television cookery show, and Bel is being wooed by her rival Uncovered producer. This can only spell trouble for her career, even if his intentions are wholly good for the moment.

What did you think of the episode? Will Hector change his ways this series? Let us know in the comments.

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