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The Hour

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Hour

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A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program.
Title: The hour
Publisher: [United States] :, British Broadcasting Corporation,, 2011
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Kudos Productions Ltd. ; writer, Abi Morgan ; director, Coky Giedroyc, Harry Bradbeer
Notes: Title from web page
Release date: Sep. 27, 2011
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Summary: A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program.
Alternate Title: Hour (Television program)
ISBN: 0780676815
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama HOUR
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Report This Feb 25, 2014
  • urbancityLIfe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

International Cold War drama/mystery set in 50's UK, with a historical perspective. It breaks the typical spy perception one may have.

Report This Oct 07, 2013
  • ThelmaPickles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So good! This show is set in the 1950s and centered around the staff of an hour long TV news program. It is part love-story and part mystery and yes, pure entertainment. A must-see for Mad Men and BBC fans. I'm just sad it was canceled after two seasons.

Report This Sep 21, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Usually love period drama - but the pace was too slow.

Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • tiffanylaufer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This series has the best characters. If you enjoy British period dramas and Mad Men, you will love this. Beautiful lighting, interesting historical stories, heartfelt and almost sincere not found in a 'news' drama.

Report This Jun 05, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In the first season of The Hour one is taken back to London in 1956 and the start up of a TV (BBC) news hour. There are three main characters at the center of this series occurring during a political crisis in the UK. Egypt has seized control of the Suez Canal owned by British and French shareholders. The British government has decided that military action is needed to regain control of the canal. A failed MI6 plot to assassinate Nasser, the President of Egypt, adds an air of mystery to the storyline. Throughout the series one is kept guessing who works for MI6 and who may be Russian spies. Meanwhile a torrid affair between the show's producer and news hour anchor as well as the lead reporter for The Hour looking into the death of a Lord's daughter are center stage in the series.

Okay I guess. The scene with the fight in the stairs was a little unbelieveable: a career MI6 agent and the skinny reporter wins! I still don't know why Kish had to kill himself after this encounter. No wonder people of that era were major factors in lung cancer and liver cirrhosis epidemics.

Report This Dec 13, 2012
  • MWPH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is Mad Men meets a murder mystery and I'm loving it! I'd suggest getting on board now since season two is coming soon to the BBC.

Another great offering from the BBC, parallels between censorship and the packaged message that the media offers in the cold war era and today are hard to ignore. Please make sure you get the next series when it finally comes out on DVD.

Report This Aug 16, 2012
  • blackkitty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

EXCELLENT! Another brilliant British drama series. Ben Wishaw is the obvious standout as he is in most things he does. Costumes, sets and witty writing along with a stellar cast make this a one not to miss. I had to bring it back late as I couldn't bare not seeing the whole thing. The plot always kept you guessing and although it was tricky, I never lost the thread of the intrigue. Wish they would make another one!!!

Report This Aug 08, 2012
  • rvkinfobiz01 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A great disappointment! Usually, I enjoy British drama, especially period pieces, but "The Hour" left me flat. I disliked the characters to the point of revulsion. The plot didn't move me, and the pace of the program was agonizing. In fact I returned "The Hour" without having watched all the episodes. I agree with joeguy that "Mad Men" is a far superior program. If you seek a British drama set in the 50's I would recommend the "Jericho" series with Robert Lindsay.

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  • blackkitty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Sep 12, 2012
  • Poodles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Cold war 1950s Britain at the BBC. A new program is created, pushing the boundaries of traditional, dry television journalism. The team putting on the show, title The Hour, includes producer Bel, a young ambitious woman struggling with her professional ambitions in a male dominated world; rakish anchor Hector; and home news correspondence and moral anchor Freddie. Throw into the mix are espionage, the Suez Crisis and of course a sexy love triangle.


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Report This Apr 12, 2012
  • reviewer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hugh Gaitskell Press Conference 1956

Historical footage of a1956 press conference on the Suez crisis with distinguished British statesman / Leader of the Opposition Hugh Gaitskell. Both the international incident and Gaitskell’s broadcasts about it feature prominently in "The Hour”.

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