Exploring the heady world of current affairs in 1956 England, The Hour is a new BBC drama about, well, the BBC. We follow reporters Bel (Romola Garai, last seen in The Crimson Petal and the White) and Freddie (Ben Whishaw, Bright Star) as they try to forge a career in the newsroom that makes the most crucial hour of television for the public. In the midst of this is a love triangle – Freddie wants Bel, who is drawn to the big-shot star Hector Madden (Dominic West, The Wire), and there’s also a big conspiracy to keep you guessing throughout.
You may have seen the trailers on the BBC’s various channels in the last week or so, and I’ve given you a taste of them above. There’s a great artistic edge to them, with the coloured panels suggesting the visual flavour of the film Vertigo and the jaunty comic books and magazines of the 1950s. Aside from what’s attractive to the eye, there’s also the lure of sharp dialogue. I can’t wait to see how it all pans out when it hits screens next Tuesday.
The Hour, BBC2, 9pm.