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The Hour - Series 2 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Romola Garai, Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi, Hannah Tointon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 341 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084EOZ6E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,157 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by Abi Morgan, screen writer of the Oscar winning The Iron Lady, the breathtaking original, Golden Globe nominated, sexy thriller The Hour returns for a second series. Rejoining The Hour a year on in 1957, the team are still striving to broadcast the stories they believe in as they grapple with the disturbing threat of the Cold War and a country in the grip of unsettling and rapid change. Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) is still single and determined not to get involved with another married, but finds herself taking on her adversary Bill Kendall (Tom Burke), a producer whose magnetic charm she can't help but find irresistible. Hector Madden (Dominic West) has risen to the status of a national celebrity and is drawn into the seductive glamour of Soho nightclub El Paradis and falls under the spell of the beautiful and seductive Kiki (Hannah Tointon), a club hostess. No longer happy at The Hour under Randall's (Peter Capaldi) new regime, he is tempted by offers fro ITV, but when a night at the club goes badly wrong, scandal threatens and Hector must try and stop a news story that could destroy his marriage and his career. Investigative reporter Freddie Lyon (Ben Whitshaw) makes an unexpected return from America to uncover and tackle police corruption within the world Soho crime and vice.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec 2012
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With Series 2, The Hour really gets into its stride and provides the viewer with a highly intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable drama. The acting is uniformly superb throughout - with Dominic West, Peter Capaldi and Oona Chaplin deserving to be mentioned in despatches. Anyone who has seen The Wire knows that West can act but his performance here was a revelation, going from dissolution to determination in a totally believable narrative arc as Hector Madden, the star of The Hour. Capaldi's performance as the boss with journalistic integrity, OCD and a secret past provides an equally compelling performance. And Oona Chaplin proves her genetic inheritance and acting `chops' in her portrayal of Hector's long suffering wife who carves a career for herself by trading her pinny in the kitchen for a pinny in the tv studio. She completely blew me away.

The Hour is not only an absorbing and thoroughly entertaining drama, it's an important one too, touching on many crucial issues that were of national interest in the late 1950s and that still resound down the years in the 21st century. This is convincing stuff and very highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs J.M. Hart on 8 April 2013
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The Hour Series 1 and 2 were excellent with talented Actors and a great script. It is a real pity that the BBC have dropped a third series. I have many friends who are disappointed with the BBC.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parker John Anderson on 23 April 2013
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This is a well-thought out and well-acted series (both #1&2) and the backdrop scenery, clothes , activties, songs are all perfect. Great stuff
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael angus on 3 May 2013
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A triumphant return for the Hour team,following Series One's focus on "Reds under the bed" with corruption in all it's forms.The money that the BBC invested is all up there on screen in lavish HD,it's therefore a shame that hardly anyone watched it.Intelligent drama is so rare these days that when they turn up it comes as a surprise-and a pleasant one at that.Of course The Hour couldn't please everybody,coming up against unfair comparisons with "Mad-Men"and it's fate was sealed from that moment.Critics killed it off before the drama had a chance to prove itself with a third series,but i will miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Buckle on 18 Mar 2013
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Superb cast, great story, wonderful period setting and so much more. Season 1 was excellent, season 2 was so much more. Was totally hooked from start to finish. I am certain season 3 would have been amazing but that will never be, yet another first rate BBC production axed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jane lomholt on 13 Mar 2013
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Series 1 of The Hour was riveting! The interweaving of political news and sentiment in the early 1950s with the lives of journalists, presenters, editors and producers in the early days of TV brought out the personal intrigues and agenda that influence how news is made and represented. Series 2 followed this pattern, focussing on more local (London) issues of police involvement with crime and entertainment. The personal stories of the main characters moved on in response to the challenges of the plot. The programme is not just about a good story, it is finely executed. Perfect casting! Each actor filling his or her part as fingers in a glove. The final episode made it clear that a third series was to follow. I am sad to see that such a worthwhile show of high calibre has been axed by the BBC!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bartle on 10 Mar 2013
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Great acting and quality story set in the 60's. it's quite slow paced like he first series but very enjoyable. It's politics, vice and corruption.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 21 Feb 2013
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I certainly wasn't disappointed with this second series, and actually enjoyed it even more than the first. The style and the plot are both equally enjoyable. The characters retain their particular attributes without becoming in any way predictable. I hope there's a third series...
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