Summer of Rockets - Preview

July 01, 2019 | BBC Studios

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The BBC Two six-part drama, Summer of Rockets is out on DVD on Monday 1st July 2019 courtesy of BBC Studios. The semi-autobiographical story is written and directed by BAFTA and Emmy winner Stephen Poliakoff (Close To The Enemy, The Lost Prince, Shooting The Past) and produced by Little Island Productions.

Set in the UK during the tumultuous summer of 1958, Summer of Rockets follows Samuel Petrukhin, played by Toby Stephens (Lost In Space, Die Another Day, Black Sails), a Russian-born Jewish inventor and businessman, and his wife Miriam, played by Lucy Cohu (Ripper Street, Becoming Jane) and children Hannah and Sasha, as he is approached by MI5 to demonstrate his work.

Samuel is tasked with the secret mission of obtaining information about his charming, newly acquired friends Kathleen, played by Keeley Hawes (Line Of Duty, Bodyguard) and her husband Richard Shaw MP, played by Linus Roache (Vikings, Homeland), through whom Samuel also meets the impressive Lord Arthur Wallington, played by Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, The Street).

These shadowy government operatives could be tempting him into a deadly trap. Are the Shaws really involved in a plot to betray their nation? The country’s future is shrouded in doubt. Who can Samuel trust? Anyone?

Stephen Poliakoff said: “Summer of Rockets centres around a family – modelled closely on my own – that gradually gets caught up in the tensions of the Cold War. The story is fiction, but it has many elements that are true. Sascha, the little boy, is sent off to an austere and frightening boarding school, just as I was. Samuel’s firm, the invention of the pager, the use of deaf workers and, most surreally, being suspected by the Secret Service of bugging Winston Churchill’s hearing aid, that’s all true.”

The DVD also includes an exclusive interview with Stephen Poliakoff, comedy sketches, behind the scenes material and a photo gallery.

Summer of Rockets will be out on DVD on Monday 1st July courtesy of BBC Studios. It will be available from and other leading retailers.

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