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The Hour

2 Seasons

Season 2
4.8 out of 5 stars (942) IMDb 8/10

The sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated miniseries, The Hour - set in late 1957 - sees the personal meet the professional as the characters become deeply embroiled in cover-ups, corruption, love affairs, sexual intrigues and the resurgence of Mosley's fascism. Welcome to the end of the '50s...

Starring:
Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw

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1. Episode 1

It's late 1957, one year since The Hour was taken off air. With Freddie gone, Bel struggles to keep The Hour afloat as the new Head of News arrives. Hector's decision to ignore his marital problems has drawn him deeper into the allure of El Paradis.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: November 28, 2012
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2. Episode 2

Bel bristles as newlyweds, Freddie and Camille steal the limelight at a party. But it's Hector who's the biggest victim of the evening when police arrive to arrest him on suspicion of assaulting Kiki Delaine, the lead showgirl at the Soho Club.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: December 5, 2012
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3. Episode 3

Bel and Freddie are determined to get to the bottom of who beat up Kiki, but dredging up the arrest angers Hector, whose drinking begins to spiral out of control. The team draws closer to the truth, but is Hector too self-destructive to handle it?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: December 12, 2012
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4. Episode 4

Bel and Freddie pitch to expose Cilenti's vice network and police collusion over an anti-nuclear policy. Meanwhile, Randall and Lix's bond reignites over new information regarding their long-lost secret...

TV-14 CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: December 19, 2012
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5. Episode 5

When a source's body is found, a shaken Bel commands the team to halt their pursuit of the dangerous Cilenti. Freddie is determined to track a new lead: a mystery company seeking to profit from the nuclear bases.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: December 26, 2012
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6. Episode 6

Scandal hits The Hour as Hector's face hits the tabloids. The team uncovered a major conspiracy story, but how will they tell it with one of their own in the same spotlight? Meanwhile, Bel and Freddie cross a line that threatens their relationship.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: January 2, 2013
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Preview trailer for The Hour Sequel - the return of the critically acclaimed miniseries starring Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: November 16, 2012
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By Judy F. Aust on April 20, 2013
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If only BBC would bring this back for a third (or more) season! The last episode of the "Sequel" season ended on a tense cliffhanger. Superbly cast and well-paced. It left me longing for more.
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I know a lot of people compare this to Mad Men but other than time period and the opening credits the comparison there is truly no comparison. This is an intense and in-depth look at the beginnings of the BBC News. While they do explore the characters personal lives to a point, it seems to be for the purpose of showing how the societal issues of the time and the pressures of the job affected the professionals who spent most of their time together and how high a price was paid by these pioneers of news television. It is more a "historical drama" with a story arch that is full of political intrigue, organized crime, racism, murder and more that rivals any on television today. It is extremely well written and well acted with incredible attention to historical accuracy. You have to remind yourself that these people didn't really exist and it is not a documentary but instead a fictional representation of real events, etc. On a side note; it is so interesting to watch this portrayal of recent British history and compare how it parallels our own. I HIGHLY recommend this show!
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I rarely give 5 stars to any writing, even my own. The Hour deserves all 5 stars and then some. Great writing, directing, acting, secondary story lines you actually could care about. It had it all. A truly suspenseful series. I wanted to marathon the episodes, but watched them as they were meant to be seen, one at a time. The day after finishing the second season, I read an article about The Hour NOT being renewed for a third season. No reasons given. Second season felt like a cliff hanger so this was news to the actors as well as their fans. Perhaps the story line in The Hour was getting too close to the realities of chicanery and misdemeanors happening in Parliament. Wouldn't take much for BBC having to fold this tent, if their governmental funding was at risk if the show was allowed to continue. There is no rational reason for this series to have been cancelled. Then, all that is left is an irrational reason. SHAME on the BBC. They have left the public down. Maybe in many ways.
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When the BBC period drama "The Hour" premiered on American TV last year, critics were quick to draw comparisons to AMC's "Mad Men." While both shows might appeal to the same adult demographic, however, I never really gave much credence to this categorization. In fact, the two shows have little in common aside from being period piece dramas bolstered by an easy social atmosphere of drinking and smoking. While there is plenty of workplace intrigue inherent in both shows, Season One of "The Hour" also mixed in a fair share of government espionage. It introduced us to the birth of a TV newsmagazine show called The Hour (how appropriate) as it struggled to find its footing. With the six new episodes of Season Two, The Hour is battling to remain relevant in an increasingly competitive TV market (a timely subject that never seems to go out of style). Principle story threads include a nefarious local business man, a honey pot scandal, police corruption, racial unrest, as well as unexpected office romances and personal secrets revealed.

At the heart of "The Hour," Romola Garai continues to impress as a headstrong producer who is not afraid to make difficult choices for the program's integrity. Dominic West, as the host, is now a full-fledged celebrity stepping out to fashionable nightspots and receiving copious amounts of media scrutiny. And back on the scene is investigative reporter Ben Whishaw, who returns to The Hour with a new role and a pretty big personal surprise for Garai. Their unrequited love affair (or is it just a friendship?) gets quite a bit of play in these six episodes. When a dancer at a local club meets with an act of violence, West becomes an immediate suspect.
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terrific show - SHOULD BE A "5" - enjoyed the ride, right up to the dead end - seems the show was cancelled for undetermined reasons by the BBC (...maybe too close to home?) - so, season two builds great, just as season one - unfortunately it leaves you hanging with no resolution whatsoever - most disappointed in that aspect - AMAZON, FORGET ALL THOSE 'PILOTS' AND PICK UP THIS SHOW! IT'S A WINNER.
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Everything about this is spot on - the writing, the acting, and cast selection. The dialog is masterfully delivered and the cast is blending seamlessly.
The suspense level is steadily achieved and it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last second. Absolute must see! And Season 2 is just as fantastic.
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This is a fantastic series. Ben Whishaw is the heart of the show with all actors contributing perfectly nuanced performances to deliver characters that you will care about. That this is a period drama set in the late 1950s will be irrelevant, although the stories are all compelling. This is a fast paced drama. My only complaint is that there is no Season 3!
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