My TV and Me

September 26, 2011

BBCA’s Dramaville I: The Hour

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 4:42 pm

There’s a part of me that wonders if this show was promoted improperly. And by that, I mean, I’m not sure I just watched the show I thought I was going to be watching. Instead of a one-off Cold War era spy thriller, The Hour was actually season 1 of a period-piece drama set in the world of the early days of the BBC (1950s) that happened to focus on spies and political intrigue. (A second season has been picked up by the BBC). Consequently, the first 3 episodes dragged – I almost gave up on it – as I wished for more thrilling, espionage-y stuff to start happening.

I’m glad I stuck with it. The Hour is a very intelligent drama, the acting is brilliant, and the portrayal of the time period is so nostalgic and inviting that it makes me wish I lived in Britain, at that time, even if it wasn’t the best of days for strong, independent women.

I’m not sure when it will air, but I am looking forward to season 2. I recommend The Hour to anyone who is a fan of intelligent, adult drama, and who has the patience for some slow-moving initial episodes.

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