Thursday, 15 November 2012

MSN TV: BBC2's THE HOUR (series 2)


Over at MSN TV today: I've reviewed the series 2 premiere of BBC Two's 1950s newsroom drama THE HOUR, starring The Wire's Dominic West, Skyfall's Ben Whishaw & Emma's Romola Garai.
I wasn't a big fan of The Hour's first series because it felt like half a promising show needlessly complicated by a silly espionage subplot (much like BBC2's cancelled US import, Pan Am). Maybe Abi Morgan wanted to differentiate it from Mad Men that way, but it didn't work; critics were still compelled to compare it to the US Emmy-winner, even if it more accurately resembled the 1976 movie Network. Considering this episode had to reacquaint viewers to all the characters, explain the changes in their lives, while introducing newcomers and outlining fresh storylines, it did a very capable job.

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