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.