Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tonight: The Hour returns. You should watch it.

The Hour returns for season two on BBC America tonight, and I highly recommend you check it out. It's a drama set in the 1950s about the launch of a BBC television news program, and it does quite a good job of weaving together office politics, current (now historical) events, and the characters' personal lives. The cast is strong, especially the amazing main trio, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, and Dominic West. Particularly fascinating and important is the look at the way Romola Garai's character navigates the 1950s office (and media "boys' club") as a young, ambitious woman who is clearly smart but also clearly flawed. This is a must-watch for anyone interested in the history of news media, feminism, the Cold War, or just good drama.

If you need to catch up on season one, BBC America is marathoning it starting at noon today, and the DVDs are available on Netflix (or for purchase on Amazon, etc.).

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