The Hour out on DVD today

Dominic WestBBC Two’s 1950s based drama The Hour is released on DVD today.

The drama, compared by the press to the critically acclaimed Mad Men, was set during the Suez Canal crisis of the 1950s. It revolved around journalists in a newsroom at the BBC on a newly launched current affairs programme titled The Hour. As the crisis unfolds the team try to cover it always under the watchful eye of Angus McCain (Julian Rhind-Tut) who is trying to steer the journalists to tow the government line. Meanwhile Freddie (Ben Whishaw) slowly uncovers a conspiracy after the death of a close friend.

The Hour DVD cover

The Hour launched on BBC Two with three million viewers but met with mixed reviews and over the course of its episodes ratings declined. Amongst the cast of the series were Romola Garai, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor, Anton Lesser, Burn Gorman, Juliet Stevenson, Oona Chaplin, Tim Pigott-Smith and John Bowe.

You can read Queenie’s, ATV Today’s resident television critic, reviews of The Hour here >>