Mad Men, nor if it is better or worse. I haven't seen the American series - I hardly ever watch American series - and I just know that this British 6-part drama is set in the same years as that American show. What I can tell you is that I'm glad I managed to see THE HOUR and that it doesn't look like anything I've already seen.
THE HOUR was broadcast on BBC2 between July and August (I was in England and bumped on a TV trailer by chance) and on BBC America in August last summer.
I don't think it is perfect and actually got into it little by little after mildly liking the slow opening episode. But in the end, I found it intriguing and quite good on the whole.
Dominic West (Hector Madden), Romola Garai (Bel Rowley), Ben Whishaw (Freddie Lyon), Anton Lesser (Clarence Fendley), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Angus McCain), Anna Chancellor (Lix Storm), Joshua McGuire (Isaac Wengrow), Lisa Greenwood (Sissy Cooper), Oona Chaplin (Marnie Madden), Ken Bones (Wallace Sherwin), John Bowe (Douglas Owen), Vanessa Kirby (Ruth Elms), Tim Pigott-Smith (Lord Elms) and Juliet Stevenson (Lady Elms).
Espionage, period drama, love, sex, politics, journalism, friendship, freedom, murder and investigation are the many well-blended ingredients in this TV drama.
A lovely scene
A scene in which Hector (Dominic West) practically helps Freddie (Ben Winshaw) to dress up for a high society dinner. The two are rival in love, they compete for Bel's (Romola Garai) love, but they've started appreciating each other as colleagues at The Hour.