Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Hour returns

Last night, The Hour returned to BBC 2. If you missed series one, the drama centres around a BBC investigative news programme. Series one took the Cold War as its backdrop: series two appears to be focusing on London vice, racism and the diminishing power of the Establishment.

The Hour is British made with nods to Mad Men and other American shows.

The main characters, played by Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw, are well written and complex enough to hold the viewers interest. A new addition is the always excellent Peter Capaldi: his performance alone makes the show worth watching. Abi Morgan, the scriptwriter, has taken poetic license with history but the plots are engaging enough for her to be forgiven.

If you are an admirer of the superior American shows you might find it a touch wanting. That said, compared to much of what is produced by British television, it stands out a mile.

Its combination of a behaviour long gone, politics, news and a society about to change forever makes for a very entertaining hour.
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