The Hour

The Hour

By The Hour

  • Genre: The Hour
  • Release Date: 2011-07-19
  • Advisory Rating: Caution
  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Director: The Hour 449913742
  • Production Company: Unity Technologies
  • iTunes Price: GBP 7.99
From 6 Ratings


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.




  • A Phenomenon in the waiting!

    By JamesBrookes
    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!
  • Almost great...

    By StevieGuy
    This drama had me hooked until the very last episode. Weaving history into a good old fashioned spy and crime romp, it looked and felt like we were in for a real treat. The first five episodes unfold well but... and here's the rather large 'but'... the end is horribly disappointingly weak. There is no denouement. There is no real 'end' at all. It just fizzles out into a rather dull 'oh well'.... The journey's great, but the destination is rather disappointing.
  • Fantastic - But!!!!!

    By biggarthomas
    Absolutely stunning series but where is episode 6
  • I say...

    By RodBanner
    First Rate, old chap. It's a beautiful production, insightful and compelling. A joy to watch with gorgeous sets and endearing characters. It probes some of the darker sides of British institutions with sensitivity and brutal honesty. Sadly i think little has changed in the present day. The same manipulation of the media and old school connections are still screwing the world up but I suppose at least in Britain, we can have a swipe at them from time to time. I heartily recommend The Hour and when you are finished, longing for more, track down Page Eight. Directed by David Hare, starring Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon. It's a contemporary British spy story, also superbly crafted with a very similar stink to it.
  • The Hour Of Music

    By BostonGallacher
    I really wish there was a The Hour soundtrack because the music in this is enjoyable.
  • The Hour un miss able

    By xclan1
    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 best thing on TV for a long time

    By RollingRednerraw
    If you miss 'The Wire' for its intense plot lines, extraordinary dialogue and characterisations, loved 'Mad Men' for its authentic style and evocation of times past, and superimpose a British subtlety and understatement, this is the show for you (and me). It brings back the Film Noir genre in a british context, creates suspense without gimmicks, and brings with it some cracking performances from its lead actors. It's a pity it's only a 6 part drama, this format could run to many seasons.