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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

Genre: Drama
Network: BBCA
Premiere Date: Aug 17, 2011
Executive Producers: , , ,
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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
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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

It's so good that other shows should start looking to it as something to emulate.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Viewers craving a satisfying gourmet meal rather than another summertime "reality" Moon Pie are urged to make The Hour a Wednesday night ritual for the next six weeks.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
Uncle Barky
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

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

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
TV Guide

The smartly written series throws a lot of information, historical context, beautiful sets and costumes at viewers early on to create what eventually becomes a first-rate thriller.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011

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