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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, highly enjoyable drama with fully rounded characters.
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...
Published on 16 Dec 2012 by Sue Kichenside

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good acting but dreadful screenplay...
The actors are truly good, as are characterisation and sets: if the BBC doesn't know what it was like at the BBC then who does? On the other hand, the storyline is just drearily predictable, without a touch of originality. Lowest soap-standard. Scandal in Soho? Who would ever have thought... Programme host getting involved with dubious girl? How astonishing... Corrupt...
Published 9 months ago by Gerard P.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, highly enjoyable drama with fully rounded characters., 16 Dec 2012
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Sue Kichenside - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hour - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hour, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings the old times back!, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hour -Series Two, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb show, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Media and politics - The Hour, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality bbc series, 10 Mar 2013
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S. Bartle "Stewart" (staffordshire, England England) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than series 1, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first series, 14 Feb 2013
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Great second series, brilliant characters and wonderful acting,kept us glued to the TV with lots of twists and turns until the last episode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Jan 2013
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Susan Duncan "Bat" (Edinburgh Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is unusal for a recently commissioned BBC series. It is not strictly speaking costume drama, yet evokes the late 1950's very well. Neither is it violant and surprise surprise one of the protangonists is a strong woman. There are so few interesting parts for women in TV drama ie where the woman is not a dowager or a tart that this series stands out. All of the characters are well drawn, none are perfect and all develope, and have developed as both series have unfolded. I can't recommend "The Hour" enough, and only hope that the BBC contiues with it.
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