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5.0 out of 5 stars The second season is just as well written, as just as exciting with some new secrets revealed (but no spoilers from me.), January 7, 2013
This review is from: Hour: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
No, don't come to this review expecting to find any "spoliers". That would be unfair, and I'm hoping others don't give too much away. I will say that I loved the first season of the wonderful BBC series when I reviewed it last year. It had been a while since I saw it and I guess I expected a "recap" or "Previously on..." section at the beginning. There isn't any (and no, I don't consider THAT info a "spoiler"). So it'll take even the fans of Season One to get acclimated - only about 10 minutes. But if you haven't seen Season One here is an alert: WATCH THAT ONE FIRST! It will set up the main characters for you and you'll enjoy the story of the BBC news show "The Hour" and how it breaks the big stories as it fights with the station's Board of Directors. (This is non-commercial TV so no need to fight with sponsors.)

The second season is somewhat different that the first because it's more of a mystery involving famous people who frequent a nightclub. Throughout the approximately six hours of the series (Ironically each episode of "The Hour" clocks in at 61 minutes!) the subjects covered are Nuclear War in the 50s - the period during which the show takes place - Immigration quotas , crooked politicans, the pornography trade and gay rights. (Note that I said this takes place during President Eisenhower's second term. Yet, don't we have those problems today? No this isn't a spoiler either but look for a reference to a quote from Abraham Lincoln (a hot film in theaters as I write this).

The cast is great - every one of them. Before The Hour 1, I only knew of Ben Whishaw (Freddy) but another name on the opening credits caught my eye too: Oona Chaplin - who, though not listed on either the front or back of the BD case, has a major role as the wife of the head news reader on the show. This is of course the great Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter (named after his wife) and the daughter of actress Geraldine Chaplin.

The BD (and I'm pretty sure the DVD - hasone bonus. It's a 12-minute "behind the scenes" featurette where we get to see the cast, producers, and costumer as they basically describe the plot. I warn you. Do not skip to this until you have watched the full six hours. There are way too many "spoilers" included there.
To my knowledge they have not started filming The Hour 3 - or maybe haven't even started to write the script but, as a few others who posted reviews here - based on the TV airing on BBC America - I will certainly be waiting when Season 3 comes out on DVD or Bluray.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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