Summer of Rockets

Summer of Rockets, BBC2's semi-autobiographical Cold War drama from Stephen Poliakoff

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Cold war drama following a Russian Jewish inventor and his family living in Britain.


`Summer of Rockets' is a drama series starring Keeley Hawes, Timothy Spall and Toby Stephens, which is set in Cold War Britain during the late 1950s. The series follows Samuel, a Russian-born Jewish inventor, who is tasked with a secret mission by MI5. Samuel specialises in the development of hearing aids and is asked to use his technological expertise to contribute to western Cold War efforts. Following the tensions of the space race and the first hydrogen bomb test, Samuel's efforts factor into the emergence of the modern world.

Production Company
Little Island Productions
Executive Producers
Helen Flint
Kiran Bhakta Joshi
Rupak Kayastha
Jean Holdsworth
Production Manager
Alfred Johnson
Stephen Poliakoff
Vine FX
Visual Effects Supervisor
Michael Illingworth
Visual Effects Producer
Laura Usaite
Visual Effects Coordinator
Sophie Crewe
Digital Matte Painter
Paul Phippen
Edward Martin
Josh Gotto
Maxwell Alexander
Alesja Surubkina
Panagiotis Vafeiadis
Gergana Alexandrova
Alex Kennedy
Ivan Grozev