The 1950s newsroom based drama starred Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai and Anna Chancellor and ran for two series on BBC Two. It chronicled historical events such as the Suez Canal Crisis and the Notting hill Race Riots from the perceptive of journalists.
Series One also featured a plot about government censorship – surrounding what could be reported around the Suez Canal Crisis – and a conspiracy involving Soviet agents within the BBC and Government.
In February of this year BBC Two announced it was not ordering a third series of The Hour despite work already having started on possible storylines for a new series. BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow defended the show’s cancellation at the Edinburgh TV Festival stating the drop in ratings were not the sole reason The Hour was cancelled.
At last night’s Emmy awards The Hour won the Outstanding Writing in Mini-Series/Movie category with the show’s creator, and lead writer, Abi Morgan winning the trophy. The Hour beat fellow BBC drama’s Parade’s End and Top of the Lake as well as HBO‘s Behind the Candelabra – which picked up several other awards – to win the category.
There have been rumours that a one-off special of The Hour could be produced to tie up loose ends. Fans of the period drama will be hoping last night’s Emmy win will convince the BBC to give the series a proper ending.
Related Link: EMMYS 2013: THE TOP WINNERS