BBC Two has reportedly pushed the second season of news-room drama The Hour back to the Autumn.

The Hour was expected to return to BBC Two later this month although the corporation had yet to officially name a date for its return but a press launch was schedule for next year. Broadcast now reports the BBC has decided to delay the drama’s return to avoid a clash with the Olympics which will start in July. BBC Two likely believes the clash with the Olympics would cost The Hour ratings.

The Hour was the first BBC Two drama to be commissioned for a second season in over a decade. The drama is set in a 1950s news-room during the early days of television journalism and stars Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai and Anna Chancellor. The Hour was created by Abi Morgan and the first series was set against the backdrop of the Suez Canal crisis. The second will reportedly cover the Notting Hill Riots.

You can read ATV Today’s reviews of The Hour’s first season episodes here >>

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