BBC Announces Cast for New Drama Series THE HOUR

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The BBC has announced that Dominic West (The Wire), Ramola Garai (Emma, Atonement), and Ben Whishaw (Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited) will star in its upcoming drama series THE HOUR, which is being written by Bafta award-winning writer Abi Morgan, (Sex Traffic, Brick Lane).

The Hour will focus on the launch of a topical news program and a highly competitive, sharp-witted, and passionate love triangle unfolding behind the scenes. Set in London in 1956, the show will also examine a decade on the threshold of change: from the ruthless sexual politics behind the polite social façade of that decade to the revelations that redefined the world for a new generation.

Spirited and ambitious producer Bel Rowley (Garai) faces the huge challenge of running ‘The Hour’ and must learn if her passion for the truth can survive the political pressure of her job. Also at stake is her friendship with brilliant and outspoken journalist Freddie Lyon (Whishaw), whose passion for his work often lands him in trouble. Bel’s best friend, he has yet to find the courage to tell Bel he wants more from their relationship, and Bel’s attraction to ‘The Hour’ anchor Hector Madden (West) only makes things messier. From a privileged background and married to a glamorous woman whose family connections got him his job, Hector has a sense of entitlement and a lot to prove. Bel provides him with both challenge and spark.

Over the six episodes of The Hour, the interplay and intense ambitions between the rising news team play out against the backdrop of a mysterious murder and Freddie’s controversial and dangerous investigation.

The Hour‘s supporting cast includes Tim Pigott-Smith and Juliet Stevenson as Lord and Lady Elms; Anton Lesser as Clarence Fendley, the BBC’s Head of News; Anna Chancellor as Lix, ‘The Hour’s’ brave and maverick hard-drinking foreign correspondent; Julian Rhind-Tutt as Angus McCain, the Prime Minister’s eyes and ears; and Oona Chaplin as Marnie Madden, Hector’s spoiled wife.

The Hour will air on BBC Two next year, and I’m suddenly wishing I lived in the UK because this series is right up my alley. Is anyone else intrigued?