‘Summer of Rockets’ trailer: Keeley Hawes stars in BBC’s new Cold War drama

The first trailer has arrived for new 1950s period drama Summer of Rockets.

Starring Keeley Hawes (The Durrells) and Toby Stephens (Lost In Space), the BBC’s six-part mini-series is written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff (Dancing on the Edge, The Lost Prince).

Summer of Rockets tells the story of a Russian Jewish inventor and his family, set in the UK during the Cold War period.

The cast 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).

Watch the trailer:

Executive producer Helen Flint previously commented: “Summer of Rockets is set in the Cold War period and the Series follows Samuel, a Russian born Jewish inventor and designer of bespoke hearing aids and his small family.

“Samuel is approached by the MI5 to demonstrate his work. Yet it is not his inventions the operatives require – instead Samuel is tasked with the secret mission of obtaining information about his newly and proudly acquired friends Kathleen and Richard Shaw MP.”

Summer of Rockets begins on BBC Two in the UK next month.

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.”

Keeley Hawes is currently appearing in the final season of The Durrells on Sunday nights on ITV.

The Durrells is available on DVD on Amazon.