Cast Announced for Stephen Poliakoff’s Summer of Rockets on BBC Two

Keeley Hawes, Toby Stephens, Linus Roache and Timothy Spall lead the cast of Poliakoff's semi-autobiographical six-part series, Summer of Rockets.


Set in the UK during the Cold War period and tumultuous year of 1958, fear and excitement of the future permeates the lives of all.

Set against the backdrop of Britain testing its first hydrogen bomb, the Prime Minister declaring that “most of our people have never had it so good”, the Soviets launching their first ballistic missile and beating the Americans by successfully sending a Satellite into space, the series written and directed by the multi-award-winning Stephen Poliakoff will offer a personal insight into this unforgettable time in British history, through a lens very close to his heart.

Samuel, played by Toby Stephens (Lost In Space), is a 40 something Russian Jewish émigré, inventor and designer of bespoke hearing aids, whose clients include former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The series follows Samuel and his family, wife Miriam and children Hannah and Sasha, as he is approached by MI5 to demonstrate his work.