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The Hour - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: Romola Garai, Dominic West, Ben Whishaw
  • Writers: Abi Morgan
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 344 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056G0GXY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,570 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
"The Hour" certainly represents the best in Television, British or otherwise. A first-rate thriller that combines politics and espionage, "The Hour" kept me on the edge of my seat for every episode (which, happily, last longer than sixty minutes). Furthermore, the series is outstanding not only in its acting, costumes, and settings, but also in its writing. The characters are surprisingly well-developed, far more than I've come to expect in this genre of television drama, in which characters tend to be stereotypical, if not conventional.

The acting, is, as one might expect from a BBC series, superb, not only the leading players, but also the minor characters, including Tim Piggot-Smith and Juliet Stevenson, as the secretive Lord and Lady Elms; Anna Chancellor, as an almost burnt-out foreign correspondent; Oona Chaplin, as the faithful wife of the philandering news anchor; and Julian Rhind-Tutt, as a slippery special aid to Prime Minister Anthony Eden. I was particularly moved, however, by the performance of Anton Lesser, as Clarence, the chief producer, whose very career hangs on the success or failure of "The Hour," a ground-breaking live BBC television news show, which cannot fail to rattle cages, both at the BBC and at Westminster.

One of the factors that makes the series so convincing is the attention to detail as far as the costumes and the settings are concerned. In fact, watching the series took me right back to the 'fifties, jogging my memories about wearing pencil-line wool skirts and cashmere twinsets by day, and buoyant ballerina skirts by night.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By bee90s on 17 Aug 2011
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I haven't seen Mad Men, so I can't (and I'm glad I can't) compare.

I've watched all but one episode (yet to air) and have found them all thoroughly enjoyable. The casting, despite some comments below, is spot on - as is the acting. Dominic West is very good as the wealthy privileged newsreader Hector, as is Ben Whishaw as the determined but slightly eccentric reporter Freddie. The background characters - Lix, the powerful dedicated foreign affairs reported, and Isaac, the slightly geeky but keen assistant to Freddie - all complement the main characters well. Julian Rhind-Tutt is excellent as Angus McCain, Eden's slippery Press Advisor. I certainly can't fault any of the acting.

As with many dramas, a range of sub-plots are interwoven: as Freddie looking to uncover a secret MI6 plot, Bel and Hector commence an affair, with the Suez crisis as a backdrop. The series touches on a lot of themes, including the position of women in the workplace, homosexuality in the 1950s, the role of the media (and in particular the BBC) and its relationship with politicians.

All in all, a good drama - I hope it continues.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sally G on 15 Oct 2011
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The people I usually agree with about the merits of books, films, TV etc mainly didn't rate "The Hour" very highly.
I loved it - of course it's not realistic or authentic to the period - far too glamorous - but if one accepts it as quality entertainment beautifully dressed (in all senses of the word) then it works very well. I thought it was very well cast and acted and I love that particular period. So what can I say? For me it worked very well and I'm sure I'll watch it again. I hope there will be a second series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sabu on 19 Sep 2011
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This show is NOT another version of Mad Men. It's 6 part dramatic series is a totally different and engrossing experience. Great acting and writing combine to make it a winner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Steinman on 11 Oct 2011
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THE HOUR is a brilliant drama from the BBC, with sumptuous production design, intriguing characters, a good but not totally convincing or enveloping plot. Ben Whishaw is a true stsr here! And all the actors shine! This is as good as US's AMC dramas MAD MEN or BREAKING BAD, and thats saying a ton! Especially because this has to cram all in two DVDs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nickyb on 30 Oct 2011
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Great Fifties drama with a tremendous cast. Attention to detail was extraordinary. Suez Crisis as the backdrop to journalist/political/spy drama was well though out. The series starts slowly but builds to an interesting climax. Surely there must be another series in the making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Black Prince on 14 Jan 2013
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Watched Series 2 before Series 1 strangely, and as I review Series I I am struck by the BBC problem in depicting the 1950s. It would like it to be 1930s Marple and Poirot but cannot get the absence of TV then to fit their re-make of the 1950s. They impose what the BBC is today as if it was struggling in the form of Mr Lyons to escape from the shellac casing in 1950s rigidity. Frankly it harps on themes - gay rights, immigration, Suez, USA and The Bomb without ever addressing Hungary 1956 or Communism or instability in France or Indochina or European Defence or German Rearmament. It is a very narrow pre-occupation which blights the series with the same narrow-mindedness it tries to criticise in the 1950s itself.

The sets are good and both Maddens are excellent. I am afraid Bel Rowley has a problem with poise and gait. It is a good programme but lacks a motor and is afflicted by weakness at its core in the form of the errant Mr Lyons who is indulged like a well-connected but spoiled child who accused Madden of having "connections" but ignores his own to Lord Elms so it becomes a bot incestuous. Nowhere do they range for "News" into areas alien to their own circle of friends and London acquaintances.....but Yorkshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire were probably not within transmitter range of Lime Grove in the 1950s having only entered the United Kingdom recently.

So, a good little programme which projects 21st Century BBC Obsessions into the 1950s and manages to ignore the European Union, German Rearmament, Fourth Republic, Hungary, and never even mentioned the MI5 man living at the BBC vetting staff
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