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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TV Alert: The Hour

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Ben Wishaw and Dominc West
  • Photo courtesy of BBC
  • Ben Wishaw and Dominc West

Last year, it seemed most of America tumbled hard for Downton Abbey, but I found another British small-screen import more to my tastes. The Hour — a six-hour mini-series about a fledging TV news team in 1956 — packed plenty into its short run: the tug-of-war between reporters and power brokers; romance (illicit and otherwise); wry comedy; international affairs (the Suez Canal crisis); and the omnipresent paranoia of the Cold War. The Hour was part Mad Men, part Newsroom, part John le Carre novel and part history lesson — and yes, at times, it was as confusing to follow as that all sounds.

But I like a challenge and I'll watch good actors like Romola Garai, Ben Wishaw and Dominic West in anything.

Season 2 starts Wed., Nov. 28; it airs at 9 p.m. on the BBC America cable channel. You can set your DVR to record Season 1, which airs prior to the premiere of Season 2. It's also available on DVD.

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