Summer of Rockets

Thursdays 8.30pm

Show Synopsis

The emotive new thriller from Bafta and Emmy-winning writer Stephen Poliakoff. Toby Stephens and Keeley Hawes lead a stellar cast.

Britain, 1958. Relations with Russia are charged with suspicion and fear. As a Russian émigré, businessman Samuel Petrukin is determined to integrate his young family into the establishment.

So when Samuel meets the captivating Kathleen Shaw and her husband Richard – a war-hero and Member of Parliament – he’s dazzled by their upper-class glamour. But are his new friends all they seem?


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Samuel is being followed by menacing MI5 agents. When they blackmail him into spying on the Shaws, Samuel is drawn into a dark web of deception.

As Samuel’s private life becomes more tangled with his mission, he makes some disturbing discoveries. Richard’s formidable friend, Lord Arthur Wallington, warns Samuel that these shadowy government operatives are tempting him into a deadly trap. And the Shaws are haunted by a secret tragedy in their past.

Samuel must decide which of them is planning to betray their nation. His decision could have sinister consequences for the country. The Cold War has swept old certainties aside: history hinges on a pivot. Samuel’s future, and the future of Britain, is shrouded in doubt. Who can he trust?

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Episode 3, Series 1

Monday June 1 at 12:50am

Summer Of Rockets

Episode 3 | Series 1

The Shaws host a fishing party. Samuel, concerned with the prospect of losing MI5's order, agrees to take incognito photographs of the guests. Hannah and Kathleen attend the Queen…

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday June 1 at 1:50am

Summer Of Rockets

Episode 4 | Series 1

Despite Samuel's doubts about who Field and Denning really are, he continues to install the staff locator at the airbase. Meanwhile, Kathleen has a new lead on Anthony's whereabouts…

Episode 5, Series 1

Monday June 1 at 2:55am

Summer Of Rockets

Episode 5 | Series 1

After the shooting, Field places the Petruhkin home and factory under protection. Samuel makes his own plans and goes into hiding where he meets Kathleen in secret.

Episode 6, Series 1

Monday June 1 at 4:00am

Summer Of Rockets

Episode 6 | Series 1

The summer is ending. Samuel learns the truth about the Shaws and the MI5 men. He is invited to an extraordinary secret meeting, while Hannah becomes increasingly worried about her…

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday June 10 at 5:35am

Summer Of Rockets

Episode 2 | Series 1

Samuel is tracked down by MI5 who want his invention but in exchange for information on his new friends Kathleen and Richard Shaw. Meanwhile, Hannah continues to hide her truancy from…

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