The Hour (2011)

Dominic West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw
to star in new BBC drama for next year

Also cast are: Tim Pigott-Smith, Juliet Stevenson,
Julian Rhind-Tutt
and Anna Chancellor

View trailer and images of cast
Video: Behind the scenes

Airdate of episode 1: July 19, 2011 on BBC2

From BBC Press Office:
Ben Whishaw
plays Freddie Lyon, a brilliant and outspoken journalist, whose passion endlessly lands him in trouble. Getting to the truth of a story can be a dangerous and risky business and it's Bel, his contemporary and best friend, who is always there to bail him out. For Freddie, Bel is so much more as well – if only he were brave enough to tell her.

Romola Garai plays Bel Rowley, spirited and ambitious and facing the most exciting and daunting challenge of her life – running The Hour. Can her passion for the truth survive the political pressure the job will bring – and will her friendship with Freddie survive her undeniable attraction to front man Hector?

Dominic West plays Hector Madden, charming, charismatic – a man whose upbringing and education have instilled in him a sense of entitlement and whose glamorous young wife has the family connections to get him the job as front man on The Hour. But, beneath the confident fa├žade, Hector has a lot to prove. Bel provides the challenge – and the spark.

The Hour's supporting cast includes Tim Pigott-Smith and Juliet Stevenson as Lord and Lady Elms; Anton Lesser as Clarence Fendley, the BBC's Head of News; Anna Chancellor as Lix, The Hour's brave and maverick hard-drinking foreign correspondent; Julian Rhind-Tutt as Angus McCain, the Prime Minister's eyes and ears; and Oona Chaplin as Marnie Madden, Hector's spoilt beautiful wife.

Daily Mail: Filming begins on BBC2 1950s drama 'set to rival Mad Men'
Interview with Romola Garai


  1. I'm not a huge Mad Men fan though I have watched all the seasons. Curious to see whether this Brit version will hold my interest more, or less!

  2. @darbydashwood I've not seen any episode of Mad Men! I think the plot for this one sounds interesting since it's set during the advent of television. I'm hoping to see more historical context and less "soapiness" which is suggested.

  3. Lots of familiar faces. Will I like this more than US Mad Men? I bet on that. Thank you!

    I'm still on the fence. Not comparing it to Mad Men since I've not seen that but the trailer isn't as interesting as I'd hoped. Will have to tune in to find out!



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