The Hour Renewed, Capaldi Joins

Peter Capaldi, best known for his turn as the sewer-mouthed Government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in “The Thick of It” series and “In the Loop” movie, will join the cast of the BBC2 drama “The Hour” for its second season reports ATV Today.

The network has renewed the 1950’s-set newsroom drama for another six episodes with Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Anna Chancellor, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Oona Chaplin returning.

The new episodes will see the team still striving to broadcast the stories they believe in as they grapple with the looming spectre of the Cold War, changing social mores, the space race and nuclear power.

Capaldi will play Randall Brown, the eccentric new Head of News. Hannah Tointon and Tom Burke are also joining the cast. Filming started this week in the London area for three months for transmission next year.