Brand new drama Summer of Rockets will soon be landing on BBC Two, with the six-part series airing in May 2019.

The period drama is set in Britain during the height of the Cold War, but what year exactly does the series take place in?

Check out the article below to find out the exact year Summer of Rockets is set…

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What is Summer of Rockets about?

The brand new BBC series will follow hearing aid inventor Samuel (Toby Stephens) and his family as he is approached to work with MI5.

However it is not Samuel’s designs they are after, instead, they want information about his new group of friends, Kathleen Shaw, (Keeley Hawes) her Tory MP husband Richard Shaw (Linus Roache) and Lord Arthur Wallington (Timothy Spall).

The six-part drama will follow Samuel as he navigates his new life as an informant for the secret service.

The Summer of Rockets

What year is Summer of Rockets set?

Summer of Rockets is set during the height of the Cold War in the summer of 1958.

The writer and director of the series, Stephen Poliakoff spoke about the pivotal time in British history to the BBC saying:

It saw the end of the debs [debutantes] being presented to the queen. It was also a time of great fear of nuclear war. The Cold War was at its absolute height and it ended with the Notting Hill riots – a reminder of the racial tensions that were bubbling up. All these things came together within a few weeks in the summer of 1958, that’s why I’ve always been fascinated by that time and thought it was a great setting for a drama.

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When does Summer of Rockets start?

Summer of Rockets starts on BBC Two on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at 9 pm.

The episodes will then air every Wednesday for a total of six weeks.

All six episodes of the series will be available to watch on the BBC Iplayer.


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Alicia Lansom
Alicia Lansom

Journalism graduate and sparkling new addition to the Reality Titbit team. When she's not busy writing about all things telly related she’s most likely at the cinema, eating pizza or planning a trip away somewhere sunny.

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