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The Hour dropped by BBC

The Hour

Story by Jack Foley

NEWSROOM drama The Hour has been axed by the BBC after two seasons, the corporation has confirmed.

Starring Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw, the 1950s series followed the lives of fictional BBC journalists at the old Lime Grove studios in London and received multiple award nominations following its debut run.

Storylines were said to mirror the experiences of former journalists Catherine Freeman and Grace Wyndham Goldie and were based on scripts by Abi Morgan, who wrote the film The Iron Lady.

Although the first series drew ratings of about 2.2m viewers and saw West awarded best actor by the Broadcasting Press Guild, the second run struggled to retain interest, falling to an average audience of 1.47m despite gaining further award nominations from the BAFTAs, Emmys and Golden Globes.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through.”

Ironically, it has just been announced that West will play Welsh actor Richard Burton in a BBC Four drama charting the latter’s relationship with Elizabeth Taylor (to be played by Helena Bonham Carter). Find out more

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