Review: BBC America's The Hour Is Mad Men Meets Rubicon

The Hour is the show you would get if you put Mad Men and Rubicon in a martini shaker and gave them a good blending. The series, which premieres Wednesday, August 17 on BBC America, is equal parts office period drama and conspiracy thriller, centering upon the creation of a new current affairs show on the BBC in June 1956. There are lots of men in suits with slicked-down hair, but there's also a strange conspiracy subplot that seems rather disconnected from the rest of the series, despite the presence of the main character in both storylines.

That main character is Freddie Lyon, played wonderfully by Ben Whishaw (Layer Cake). He's really a blend of James Badge Dale with Matt Smith; he's a frizzy-haired sleuth with a sharp wit and unpredictable antics. Don't be mistaken by Dominic West's prominence in promotional material; the show's pilot really centers on Freddie, with West's character Hector Madden playing a more supporting role. Read More...


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