When does Keeley Hawes’ new 1950s drama ‘Summer of Rockets’ start?

The premiere date has been confirmed Cold War period drama Summer of Rockets.

The BBC’s new six-part mini-series stars Keeley Hawes (The Durrells) and Toby Stephens (Lost In Space).

Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff (Dancing on the Edge, The Lost Prince), the story follows a Russian Jewish inventor and his family, set in the UK in 1958.

Summer of Rockets will air at 9pm on Wednesday nights on BBC Two from 22nd May.

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The official synopsis reads: “Fear and excitement of the future permeates the lives of all, as Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb, the Prime Minister declares that “most of our people have never had it so good”, the Soviets launch their first ballistic missile and beat the Americans by successfully sending a Satellite into space. All this washed down with the emergence of Elvis and rock ‘n’ roll.”

The cast of Summer of Rockets also includes Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), Linus Roache (Vikings), Lily Sacofsky (Bancroft), Lucy Cohu (Ripper Street), Gary Beadle (Grantchester), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Ronald Pickup (The Crown), Rose Ayling-Ellis (Reverberations) and Greg Austin (Mr Selfridge).

The final season of The Durrells, starring Keeley Hawes, recently concluded on ITV.

The Durrells is available on DVD on Amazon.