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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
The usual White supremacist claptrap from the BBC; pretending White culture has changed for the better in the past 60 years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert BUCKNOR
Brilliant story, impeccable fifties atmosphere, excellent production, very good mix of fact, fiction, crime and romance. I can't wait for series three!!Published 4 months ago by Adrea Hennessy
Innovative, excellent performances, and original. Also, congratulations to the designer responsible for Romola Garai's wardrobe. Karin LudewigPublished 10 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 15 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 18 months ago by K. Mead