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The Hour

 

  Review by Suzanne 9/30/11

This is a great miniseries drama, and I really enjoyed it. It takes place in the 1950's in Britian and is about a new TV news show called "The Hour" that focuses on political and other important news of the day.. Apparently, before this type of show, they mostly had newsreels and focused on human interest or society stories.

The main characters are Freddie and Bel. Freddie is a young, edgy news guy who wants to do the real news. Bel is the news producer. Freddie is in love with Bel, but they don't have any real relationship beyond friendship. They hire a handsome news reader named Hector, and Bel becomes involved with him. On that level, this is a great tale of love and friendship.

The show is also about how Freddie doggedly tries to uncover the true behind his friend Ruth's death. It involves spies and a government conspiracy. They do a good job of weaving the personal and the spy stories together in the 1950's setting.

The DVD has two main features. One featurette looks at how the show was put together, and another takes us behind the scenes with the actors, who do a lot of commenting. Both were very entertaining. They clearly put a lot of work into the show's visual aspects, especially the sets.

People keep comparing this to "Mad Men", but they really have nothign in common except that both are very well-written.

The Blu-ray version doesn't seem to have anything more than the regular DVD version, from what I could figure out...

More Info:

The Hour is an intriguing, sexy and original, edge-of-your-seat spy thriller set in the world of television journalism in 1956. Set behind the scenes of the BBC newsroom, just as an investigative news program is launched, the drama plots the personal lives, professional interplay and jealous ambition between aspiring but renegade journalist Freddie Lyon (Whishaw), the beautiful ambitious young producer Bel Rowley (Garai) with whom he is in love, and his handsome rival Hector Madden (West), the face and lead anchorman of this rising television news team.  The two-disc DVD set includes two featurettes: a behind-the-scenes look at the miniseries, a making of special and much more.

Official Site:
o http://bit.ly/noJs2Z
Episode Clips:
o http://youtu.be/Ca-HZ6aB4w0
o http://youtu.be/Wt6-ajTiKwQ

Synopsis: Set behind the scenes of the BBC newsroom, just as an investigative news program is launched, the drama plots the personal lives, professional interplay and jealous ambition between aspiring but renegade journalist Freddie Lyon (Whishaw), the beautiful ambitious young producer Bel Rowley (Garai) with whom he is in love, and his handsome rival Hector Madden (West), the face and lead anchorman of this rising television news team. The Hour plays out as a riveting thriller set against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Viewers witness the decade on the threshold of change – from the ruthless sexual politics behind the polite social façade of the ‘50s to the revelations that redefined the world for a new generation. Over the six episodes, the interplay and intense ambitions between the rising news team plays out against the backdrop of a mysterious murder and Freddie's controversial and dangerous investigation. 


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