THE HOUR is already celebrated as the English answer to MAD MEN. Rather than to the early 1960s, the six-part BBC drama takes viewers back to the year 1956, behind the scenes of the new newscast, THE HOUR. Working in her first major job, producer Bel Rowley has to ward off the passes anchor Hector Madden (Dominic West, THE WIRE) makes at her, and keep a leash on brilliant, but recalcitrant journalist Freddy Lyon (Ben Wishaw, PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER) at the same time. Resemblances to MAD MEN remain superficial: the elegant wardrobes, the omnipresence of drinks and cigarettes, and casual sexism in the workplace are indeed reminiscent of the US series. In terms of content, however, THE HOUR is much more akin to George Clooney’s newsroom drama, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, and its quick-fire, quick-witted dialogue calls to mind the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. THE HOUR was written and produced by two-time BAFTA winner Abi Morgan (WHITE GIRL).
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Selected filmography Abi Morgan
PEAK PRACTICE (1998), MY FRAGILE HEART (2000), MURDER (2002); SEX TRAFFIC (2004), TSUNAMI: THE AFTERMATH (2006), WHITE GIRL (2008), ROYAL WEDDING (2010), SHAME (2011)