Brand new, thrilling six-part series drama about a 1950s newsroom penned by Bafta-winning writer Abi Morgan, whose previous credits include Brick Lane, White Girl and Sex Traffic.
The Hour takes us behind the scenes of a broadcast news room in London during the mid '50s, with a highly competitive, sharp witted and passionate love triangle at its heart. We follow the lives of three characters who are tasked to set up a new weekly investigative news show called The Hour.
A six part series that was billed, in the run up to its transmission, as Britain having a go at doing its own spin on Mad Men, The Hour is actually a show with an identity of its own, and quite different from the hit American drama. It certainly has some similarities, but as it turns out, tonally it’s really quite different.
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
The Hour is not the british answer to Madmen as many superficial said. It is an elegant, classic and classy reflection about media and power, with a perfect balance between style,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elleppi
The usual White supremacist claptrap from the BBC; pretending White culture has changed for the better in the past 60 years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frank TALKER
Brilliant story, impeccable fifties atmosphere, excellent production, very good mix of fact, fiction, crime and romance. I can't wait for series three!!Published 7 months ago by Adrea Hennessy
Innovative, excellent performances, and original. Also, congratulations to the designer responsible for Romola Garai's wardrobe. Karin LudewigPublished 13 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 18 months ago by Jason Rue