The Hour (2011–2012)

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A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

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 Bel Rowley (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Freddie Lyon (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Isaac Wengrow (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Angus McCain (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Ron (8 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Clarence Fendley (6 episodes, 2011)
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 Randall Brown (6 episodes, 2012)
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 Raphael Cilenti (6 episodes, 2012)
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 Commander Laurence Stern (6 episodes, 2012)
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 Kiki Delaine (6 episodes, 2012)
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 Bill Kendall (6 episodes, 2012)
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 Sey Ola (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
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 Malcolm Lyon (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Norman Pike (5 episodes, 2012)
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A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

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Fascinating story line, great character building!
15 February 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The Hour is a great series made from an interesting angle: media in post-War Britain. Since I have a media background, the story line of a BBC news show that is made under influence of the government appeals to me very much.

What I especially like about The Hour are the characters. None of them are either good or bad and their behavior and views seem very realistic. There's no crude division between good or bad which gives the overall story line a layered kind of dynamics: the overall story line as well as the personal drama interested me from the beginning to the end. How I 'grew into' the characters while watching the series reminded me of The Wire. Acting is well done by the way, which pushes the series to a very high level.

This is the first series I saw after seeing the American-made Homeland and it is such a relief to me that the British do not seem to fall for the blunt simplifications of good and bad as portrayed in American drama.

Bravo!


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