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Written by the award-winning screenwriter of Sex Traffic and Brick Lane and boasting an all-star cast, this gorgeous and thrilling 1950s drama follows a deadly conspiracy, laced with intense ambition and crackling with sexual tension. London, 1956. At Lime Grove Studios, the BBC are launching ‘The Hour’ a new topical news programme. At the heart of the show are three contrasting journalists: enigmatic producer Bel Rowley, a spirited woman in a man’s world, her best friend Freddie Lyon, a brilliant and passionate reporter, and a charming, well-connected front man, Hector Madden. As Freddie moves to cover a significant but controversial breaking story, the trio become entangled in an intense interplay of politics, ambition and romance, ignited by a mysterious murder and chilling conspiracy. Fifties London is brought to life in this tense drama, delivering an exquisite and stylish portrayal of a world on the threshold of momentous change.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||June 1956. BBC reporters and soulmates Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon spot their opportunity to be a part of a brand new current affairs programme at Lime Grove Studios. But as Freddie's interview looms, a chance meeting with an old friend finds him pursuing a new story and thrusts him deep into the middle of a dark and dangerous conspiracy.||59:01||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||The Hour is struggling; the ratings are down, the reviews are terrible and Hector and Freddie are bickering like children. As events escalate in Suez Bel knows their only hope is to pull off a brave interview with an Egyptian diplomat but is Hector up to the challenge? Meanwhile Freddie discovers a mysterious code which may well provide a clue to Ruth's death.||59:02||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||A weekend invite to a shooting party at Hector's in-laws gives Freddie an opportunity to quiz Adam Le Ray on his relationship with Ruth, whilst Hector struggles with his ailing marriage and his growing feelings for Bel. At the office suspicion about Tom Kish is mounting and Isaac's on the case.||57:15||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||Its Freddie's birthday and the effects of Tom's death are still being felt around the newsroom. Two huge news stories are breaking but Freddie's disappeared and it's a newly confident Hector who's leading the charge. Meanwhile Bel and Hector's affair gathers steam and Isaac's got his eye on Sissy.||57:21||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||The war in Suez has the country divided and McCain steps up his pressure on The Hour to tow a pro-government line but with a huge anti-war protest gathering in London Freddie has other ideas. Meanwhile pressure mounts on Bel and Hector when news of their affair gets out and Lix helps Freddie with an important lead.||58:03||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||The Hour is about to go live and there are tensions for all as they prepare to defy government instruction and deliver a controversial episode on the crisis in Suez. Freddie finally learns what happened to Ruth and Hector and Bel come to a decision on their affair.||59:01||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|101||Closed CaptioningVideoTrailer||Preview trailer for The Hour - a thrilling new drama starring Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw.||3:34||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||VideoCreating The Hour: Set Design Piece||Dominic West and Anna Chancellor tour around the magnificent sets of 'The Hour', created by Academy award nominated production designer Eve Stewart (The King's Speech, Vera Drake, Topsy Turvey). This feature is an exclusive look behind the scenes of this classy BBC2 drama, delving into the costume department and Romola Garai, Ben Wishaw and the production team discuss the 1950s look in Britain.||9:58||Series Only||View in iTunes|
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The Hour un miss able
I watched the first episode and I loved it, this is old school TV drama with no special effects no high speed chases, this is character acting at it's best. I cannot wait to see this series unfold, am a fan already, it's about time we got some real acting with real actors, well done ;-)
The Hour Of Music
I really wish there was a The Hour soundtrack because the music in this is enjoyable.
A Phenomenon in the waiting!
After having watched the first episode (hence the 4 star rating and not 5), it's clear to see that the series is going to be an interesting one, to say the least. The acting, the set design, the costuming and the narrative are all fantastically entwined to create a realistic sense of the newsroom and its frivolities in the 1950's.
I can't wait to see how the series unfolds, and judging by some of the sneak previews for the episodes to come - there are going to be some twists and turns! A UK equivalent to the US drama "Mad Men" would seem an appropriate label. A real case of genuine acting!