DVD Review: The Hour Series Two
Series one of The Hour was a surprisingly good six part British period drama set in the 1950’s that follows the lives of a team of reporters at the BBC who re-define what news is with the creation of The Hour, a weekly news magazine that is devoted to in-deph reporting of major news of the week. If you haven’t watched Series One, stop reading now, and get hold of a copy.
Series One looked at how the program came to be, the political maneuvering and ultimate showdown with the British government over censorship of the news. It was riveting stuff driving by some great characters, solid writing and great cinematography, bringing the period to life.
Season Two kicks off nine months after the end of Season One, with The Hour being so popular that rival channel ITV has created it’s own weekly news show. Things are about to get mixed up however, with the BBC introducing a new Boss to oversea The Hour, causing some ruckus but soon settling down and striving to get the most out of the regular journalists.
The major focus this time is the Cold War, the Nuclear Arms Race and the sleazy underworld of Organised Crime. The writing team deftly weave together multiple plots, gradually notching up the tension as the show progresses, right up to the cliff-hanger series ender.
It’s hard to say too much about the show, only to say that it has everything the first series had, only better, and I can;t give the show any higher praise than the simple fact that I would have watched the entire six hours in one sitting had I not started watching it so late in the night. As it was I only left two episodes for the following night’s viewing.
If you’re looking for a classy British period drama, with a bit of sex appeal, plenty of action and intrigue, and some fabulous writing, The Hour Series Two is what you need.
M Violence, offensive language and nudity.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read