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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 1, Series 1

Saturday April 4 at 9:35pm

Summer Of Rockets

Episode 1 | Series 1

During the tumultuous summer of 1958, Samuel prepares to launch his new invention, which is attracting some suspicious followers, before meeting the mysterious Kathleen.

Episode 1, Series 1

Friday April 10 at 8:25am

Summer Of Rockets

Episode 1 | Series 1

During the tumultuous summer of 1958, Samuel prepares to launch his new invention, which is attracting some suspicious followers, before meeting the mysterious Kathleen.

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday April 10 at 9:30am

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…

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday April 10 at 10:35am

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

Friday April 10 at 11:40am

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

Friday April 10 at 12:45pm

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

Friday April 10 at 1:50pm

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 1, Series 1

Saturday April 11 at 1:45am

Summer Of Rockets

Episode 1 | Series 1

During the tumultuous summer of 1958, Samuel prepares to launch his new invention, which is attracting some suspicious followers, before meeting the mysterious Kathleen.

Episode 2, Series 1

Saturday April 11 at 2:50am

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…

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday April 11 at 4:00am

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

Saturday April 11 at 5:05am

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

Saturday April 11 at 6:10am

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

Saturday April 11 at 7:15am

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

Saturday April 11 at 8:35pm

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…

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday April 18 at 8:35pm

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

Saturday April 25 at 8:35pm

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…

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