The Hour Season Two - Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, and Romola Garai
The Hour Season Two – Freddie (Ben Whishaw), Hector (Dominic West), and Bel (Romola Garai) ©2012 Kudos; for BBC

The Hour Season Two again is a six-part series and sees the return of Hector (Dominic West), Bel (Romola Garai) and Freddie (Ben Whishaw).

Here is a guide to the those main characters of The Hour Season Two.

Hector Madden

The Hour, Season 2 - Dominic West
Hector (Dominic West) ©2012 Kudos, photo by Laurence Cendrowicz; for BBC

Hector Madden (Dominic West) has risen to the status of national celebrity. With connections in Government and pursued by the press, he maintains his appearance as a happily married man and face of The Hour.

Unsettled by Marnie’s desire to establish her own career, Hector finds himself drawn to the late night clubs of Soho where he visits a number of high class call girls and befriends a corrupt elite who inhabit this secret world and lead him astray.

No longer happy at The Hour under Randall’s new regime, he chafes at a decision to share the screen with Freddie.

When ITV comes calling with offers of more status and money, Hector is very tempted. But then a night at the club goes awry, scandal threatens and Hector must try to stop a news story that could destroy his marriage and his career.

Bel Rowley

The Hour, Season 2 - Romola Garai
Bel (Romola Garai) ©2012 Kudos, photo by Laurence Cendrowicz; for BBC

Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) is still single and determined not to get involved with another married man.

Clarence’s replacement is brought in and Bel must now report to the eccentric new Head of News, Randall Brown, all while juggling the sparky relationships around her (particularly those involving Hector and Freddie).

When she finds out that Hector is being lured to ITV (where both the ratings and salaries are higher) Bel fights for her program. To do so she must take on her adversary, Bill Knowles, but she soon finds the producer’s magnetic charm irresistible.

When Hector himself becomes the center of a big news story, Bel’s personal and professional decisions pull in opposite directions, and Bel is confronted with a tricky decision that could change everything.

Freddie Lyon

The Hour, Season 2 - Ben Whishaw
Freddie (Ben Whishaw) ©2012 Kudos; for BBC

Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw) returns to the The Hour, having been fired after the Lord Elms live interview (taking the sword instead of Bel).

Gone for several months travelling around the world, a corrupt landlord offers to buy his late father’s house in Notting Hill.

Freddie’s quest to investigate and expose a secret program of nuclear testing provokes both the landlord and McCain, setting him on a trail that will lead deep into the worlds of backroom Soho and government corruption.

As he becomes embroiled with the cover-up, it becomes clear that the ghosts of the past will not let Freddie go.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online