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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.


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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 enemies.


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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Critic Reviews for The Hour: Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

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

August 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It offers amusement and a tad of suspense, but little to ponder over the long run.

August 17, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

August 17, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series' inclination to melodrama sometimes overshadows its historical context.

August 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The Hour looks fantastic but it moves at a snail's pace that's sure to irk impatient viewers.

August 17, 2011 | Full Review…

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

August 17, 2011 | Full Review…

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