Well, this is certainly a damn shame. It's been reported today that one of the most brilliantly written and executed television dramas in recent years has been given the axe before its third series. For its past two seasons, BBC2's 1950s-set series, The Hour, has charmed audiences with depth and intelligence, driven by a narrative force that keeps us enthralled.
Set in 1958 and written by screenwriter and playwright Abi Morgan, the show has played out like an intimate drama wrapped in a much larger world of broadcast journalism, political scandal, and romantic entanglements. Starring the always wonderful Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, and Dominic West, the cast was what brought these incredible story lines to life and made each series' six episode arc feel like a film you never want to end.
Compared to Mad Men—purely based on aesthetics, The Hour, was originally intended to be produced for three series but has officially been cut. "Sad and disappointed" was how Jane Featherstone, chief executive of Kudos Film and Television described her feeling on the matter, while the BBC said, "We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through." The last series ended on such a devistating note that it's tough to say where the show would have gone from there but I suppose now we'll just be lingering forever in limbo, wondering whether or not Freddie is okay.
So let's just watch some great moments from the shall and be sad, shall we?