The Hour: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hour: Season 1 (2011)




Critic Consensus: A combination of deft storytelling, engrossing period detail, and compelling performances makes The Hour an addictive watch.


Air date: Aug 17, 2011
Air date: Aug 24, 2011
Air date: Aug 31, 2011
Air date: Sep 7, 2011
Air date: Sep 14, 2011
Air date: Sep 21, 2011

Tv Season Info

The first season of this late-1950s drama takes is set in the world of British television broadcasting. Reporters Bel Rowley ( Romola Garai ) and Freddie Lyon ( Ben Whishaw ) are given the opportunities of their careers when they are hired to work on a new, news magazine show. Professional ambitions and personal passions run high behind the scenes. As Bel is drawn closer to the show's charismatic co-presenter Hector Madden ( Dominic West ), and Freddie's risky sleuthing earns him some dangerous … More

Network: BBC
Premiere Date: Aug 17, 2011
Executive Producers: , , ,
Producers: , , ,


Ben Whishaw
as Freddie Lyon
Romola Garai
as Bel Rowley
Dominic West
as Hector Madden
Anton Lesser
as Clarence Fendley
Julian Rhind-Tutt
as Angus McCain
Anna Chancellor
as Lix Storm
Joshua McGuire
as Isaac Wengrow
Oona Chaplin
as Marnie Madden
Burn Gorman
as Thomas Kish
Ken Bones
as Wallace Sherwin
Andrew Scott
as Adam Le Ray
Lisa Greenwood
as Sissy Cooper
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Hour: Season 1

Friend Ratings for The Hour: Season 1

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Hour: Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

The most complex and absorbing story playing on film (and in English) at the moment. This is narrative, character, and intrigue such as have gone out of fashion.

Full Review… | September 6, 2011
The New Republic
Top Critic

If there's a flaw to this involving series, it's that, in the British style, the season is only six hours.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Sure, it's not particularly deep and has some pacing issues, but it's a generally watchable, well-acted effort.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
Huffington Post

It's thoroughly addictive, a tantalizing blend of cloak and dagger, deadlines and deceptions.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
TV Guide

If you're a fan of high-quality, deliberately paced period drama, you need to check out The Hour.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The series is never dull. If only there were a few more minutes in The Hour.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hour: Season 1

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about The Hour: Season 1!

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Hour on our TV talk forum!


86% Deadpool Feb 12
No Score Yet Zoolander 2 Feb 12
No Score Yet How To Be Single Feb 12

Top Box Office

80% Kung Fu Panda 3 $21.0M
79% Hail, Caesar! $11.4M
83% The Revenant $7.1M
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens $6.9M
8% The Choice $6.1M
42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies $5.2M
59% The Finest Hours $4.7M
13% Ride Along 2 $4.5M

Coming Soon

89% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) Feb 17
No Score Yet Race Feb 19

Top Rentals

9% Fantastic Four
80% Ant-Man
55% Minions
54% Hotel Transylvania 2
92% The Martian
64% Spectre
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
88% Straight Outta Compton
46% Ted 2
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
26% Pan
91% Bridge of Spies

New On DVD This Week

69% Crimson Peak
91% Grandma
91% 99 Homes
20% Love the Coopers