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.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
1,956 ( 167)

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
2013   2012   2011  
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

London Spy (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Stars: Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent
Silk (TV Series 2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A six-part series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk.

Stars: Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke
The Crimson Petal and the White (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.

Stars: Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Hale
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Matthew Goode, Patrick Malahide, Hayley Atwell
Bright Star (2009)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider
State of Play (TV Mini-Series 2003)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.

Stars: John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy
Criminal Justice (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Series 1 follows Ben Coulter who is accused of committing a crime that he has no recollection of after a drunken and drug-filled night out. Series 2 follows Juliet through the criminal justice system after she stabs her abusive husband.

Stars: Ben Whishaw, Maxine Peake, Bill Paterson
The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle
Lilting (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man of Chinese-Cambodian descent dies, leaving behind his isolated mother and his 4-year male lover, who grieve but don't speak a lick of each other's language.

Director: Hong Khaou
Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Ben Whishaw, Andrew Leung
Beat (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A film about a man walking a paper-thin line between hopelessness and euphoria, testing and pushing the boundaries of conventions and impulse.

Director: Aneil Karia
Stars: Jamie Alderson, Remy Beasley, Katie Burnetts
The Affair (TV Series 2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

Stars: Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney
The Game (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A Cold War spy thriller that tells the story of invisible wars fought by MI5.

Stars: Tom Hughes, Jonathan Aris, Victoria Hamilton
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Bel Rowley (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Freddie Lyon (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Hector Madden (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Lix Storm (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Isaac Wengrow (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Sissy Cooper (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Marnie Madden (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Angus McCain (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Ron (8 episodes, 2011-2012)
...
 Clarence Fendley (6 episodes, 2011)
...
 Randall Brown (6 episodes, 2012)
Vincent Riotta ...
 Raphael Cilenti (6 episodes, 2012)
...
 Commander Laurence Stern (6 episodes, 2012)
...
 Kiki Delaine (6 episodes, 2012)
...
 Bill Kendall (6 episodes, 2012)
...
 Sey Ola (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Robert Demeger ...
 Malcolm Lyon (5 episodes, 2011)
...
 Norman Pike (5 episodes, 2012)
Kirsty Mather ...
 El Paradis Dancer / ... (5 episodes, 2012)
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Чaс  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Burke (Kendall) and Peter Capaldi (Brown) went on to be in The Musketeers together. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #17.221 (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Quality TV drama
30 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review of Series One:

This decent BBC drama miniseries depicts the lives and loves of three journalists working for the corporation during the 1950s. The series gets off to a dodgy start with the first couple of episodes, mainly because the main characters are all so damn cold. It then gets a lot better as we get to know those involved, and by the end it's become a real blast.

Romola Garai's Bel is really the centrepiece of the whole production, the producer who attempts to hold it all together while making some huge mistakes along the way. Ben Whishaw's Freddie is a bit of an oddball at first, but his deepening involvement with the series' conspiracy undertones makes him a character to watch and, come the finale, he's the most interesting by far. Dominic West is faultless, as he has been in everything I've seen him in.

The attention to detail is impeccable, and I particularly enjoyed the way that world-shaping events have a key influence on the plotting. There's romance, drama, murder and humour in spades here, along with strong performances from both veterans (Anna Chancellor, Juliet Stevenson, Tim Pigott-Smith) and relative newcomers (Burn Gorman and Julian Rhind-Tutt are both particularly good).

There are occasional faults – the unravelling of the conspiracy storyline is over-complicated and muddled – but these can be easily forgiven. Altogether a compelling piece of literate TV drama, and I'm overjoyed to hear a second series has been commissioned.

Review of Series Two:

Series two of THE HOUR turns out to be an improvement on the first series, which was great to begin with: the performances are more natural, the storyline more tightly focused, and the sense of danger and impending deadlines far more pronounced.

The series boasts impeccable production designs, intriguingly interwoven plotting and some excellent performances. In this series, Hector is really put through the wringer, allowing the audience some more of Dominic West's finely mannered acting; Oona Chaplin, playing Hector's wife, also comes into her own as a fully developed, sympathetic character for the first time.

There are casualties: Romola Garai is utilised less well here, although Ben Whishaw is as charming as ever. The problem is that the focus is away from Garai, unlike in the first series, and she's given little to do. Everyone else seems to have deeper, stronger character stuff, whereas her screen time is limited to some corny romance that never goes anywhere.

There are missteps, too, not least Abi Morgan's attempt to give ALL of the main characters some emotional storyline, even the nerdy bespectacled comic relief guy. There's just not room for it, and bringing in a typically hissy Peter Capaldi doesn't work either; his sub-plot with Anna Chancellor just left me cold, getting in the way of the REAL story.

Still, these flaws aren't enough to ruin the enjoyment of this series, which just seems to get better and better with each episode. As with series one, it culminates in a remarkably tense and gripping final episode that leaves me hoping for third outing.


37 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Petition for series 3! popcorn465
Second series? aimonomia
Let's Get Talking! slipryeel25
bonafide? wdawson-1
Well, I liked it... rafaea
Garai as Bankhead l-hinton-529-623116
Discuss The Hour (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?