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The Hour 

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.


Abi Morgan
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Romola Garai ...  Bel Rowley 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Ben Whishaw ...  Freddie Lyon 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Dominic West ...  Hector Madden 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Anna Chancellor ...  Lix Storm 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Joshua McGuire ...  Isaac Wengrow 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Lisa Greenwood ...  Sissy Cooper 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Oona Chaplin ...  Marnie Madden 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Julian Rhind-Tutt ...  Angus McCain 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Paul Chahidi ...  Ron 8 episodes, 2011-2012
Anton Lesser ...  Clarence Fendley 6 episodes, 2011
Peter Capaldi ...  Randall Brown 6 episodes, 2012
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ...  Raphael Cilenti 6 episodes, 2012
Peter Sullivan ...  Commander Laurence Stern 6 episodes, 2012
Hannah Tointon ...  Kiki Delaine 6 episodes, 2012
Tom Burke ...  Bill Kendall 6 episodes, 2012
Tomiwa Edun ...  Sey Ola 5 episodes, 2011-2012
Robert Demeger Robert Demeger ...  Malcolm Lyon 5 episodes, 2011
Morgan Watkins ...  Norman Pike 5 episodes, 2012
Kirsty Mather Kirsty Mather ...  El Paradis Dancer / ... 5 episodes, 2012


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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17 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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This series contains 4 Game of Thrones (2011) cast members. These (and their respective characters) include Anton Lesser (Qyburn), Hannah John-Kamen (Ornela), Burn Gorman (Karl Tanner) and Oona Chaplin (Talisa Maegyr). See more »


Featured in The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2012) See more »

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I thought it was very good
4 October 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I didn't think The Hour was perfect, but overall for me it was very good and intriguing. The Hour does have a slightly slow start, but the pace soon picks up just in time for the tense finale, and I personally loved how ambiguous the ending was. I do also agree that some of the dialogue is rather anachronistic, however in the final episode especially it has several intense and intelligent moments. For any problems The Hour has, it does have potential to grow and there are many things to redeem it. The story is intriguing and full of twists and turns that are brought in and resolved nicely without the drama feeling rushed. The production values are wonderful, right down from the setting, to the photography, to the lighting to the fashions. The music is memorable and not over-bearing or generic like some programmes this year. The characters are interesting with like the series potential to grow. The acting is very good too, especially from Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai, but Julian Rhind-Tutt, Juliet Stevenson, Tim Piggott-Smith and especially Anna Chancellor also make a positive impression. Overall, while imperfect and leaves room for growth, I thought The Hours was very good on the whole. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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