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The Hour’s main attraction, as it turns out, is its cast. Putting The Wire star Dominic West at the heart of the drama proves to be a masterstroke, and he’s ably supported by a high calibre company of acting talent, including Juliet Stevenson, Anna Chancellor and Ben Whishaw. It’s West who drives the drama forward, though, with a trademark skilled central performance. It helps that he’s at the heart of much that happens with the show, too.
What drew the initial Mad Men comparisons was the setting for The Hour. This is a show surrounding a BBC news programme being made in 1956, which happens to be the time of the Suez Crisis. Behind the scenes of the show, there’s sexual politics, ambitions, and pressures from all directions. And that, mixed with a strong attention to period detail, helps make The Hour an engaging drama.
It has a few problems, starting a little too slowly for many peoples’ tastes. Certainly, its first episode isn’t its best by any measure. But it’s very much worth sticking with The Hour. It’s ambitious, high class drama. And while it’s a fair distance from Mad Men, it’s still television that’s certainly not to be sniffed at. --Jon Foster
Innovative, excellent performances, and original. Also, congratulations to the designer responsible for Romola Garai's wardrobe. Karin LudewigPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ben Whishaw is excellent in his Debut starring role in this excellent drama about the BBC in the cold war. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jason Rue
Such a shame that the BBC couldn't stick with this and cancelled after just two series; the context and characters deserved development over a longer period, Mad Men-style. Read morePublished 11 months ago by K. Mead
exciting and intriguing, brilliantly acted and totally absorbing for older adults or young twenties generation, event hough its about 'making the news' and sub-plots from many... Read morePublished 12 months ago by p and m cooper
I really enjoyed the first episode and I was excited for the rest of the series. However, upon trying to watch the second episode at two different times I could not stay awake;... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jenny
wow fantastic acting by all the cast. well written drama can't wait to get to the end of this frilling series.Published 17 months ago by M. E. BEARNE
Absolutely loved this from beginning to end - stylish, well paced, great atmosphere and cast are great. If you like great drama, put this on your wish list.Published 17 months ago by Simon Thomas
A great show that shouldn't have been cancelled.... I caught the second series first, so was pleased to be able to get the first. Didn't spoil my enjoyment, Brilliant!Published 17 months ago by Kenny Robinson