BBC America Announces New 1950s Spy Drama, ‘The Hour’

Ben Whishaw

Dominic West (The Wire, The Devil’s Whore), Romola Garai (Emma, Atonement), and Ben Whishaw (Bright Star, Criminal Justice, Brideshead Revisited) are set to star in BAFTA-winning writer Abi Morgan‘s six-part espionage thriller, The Hour. Scheduled for a summer launch on BBC America, the series is a co-pro between the channel and Kudos, the company behind Life On Mars, MI-5, and Law & Order: UK.

Set in a BBC news room in 1950s London, the series follows renegade journalist Freddie Lyon (Whishaw), ambitious producer Bel Rowley (Garai), and handsome anchor Hector Madden (West) as they create a weekly investigative news program titled The Hour. But tensions rise when they become embroiled in “a highly competitive, sharp-witted, and passionate love triangle.” Their personal drama is set against the backdrop of ’50s Cold War paranoia and spy intrigue.

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America says: “I’m very proud that BBC America is co-producing The Hour, a drama with complex storytelling and a range of compelling characters.  It’s another example of BBC America’s commitment to bringing the highest quality British drama to American audiences.  I’m also delighted to be partnering again with Kudos, the producers of Law & Order UK, one of our channel’s signature series.”

Tim Pigott-Smith, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Anna Chancellor, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and Oona Chaplin round out the veteran cast.

 

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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