'The Hour': Creator Abi Morgan on 1950s London, 'Broadcast News' and more


Usually at this time of year, we'd be gearing up for the season premiere of "Mad Men." That's not happening this August, since the show's next season has been delayed until early 2012.On Wednesday (Aug. 17), though, BBC America introduces a show that could tide over fans of smart storytelling and period-specific style in "The Hour." Set in London in 1956, the six-episode series chronicles the launch of a new kind of newscast at the staid BBC and intertwines those stories with a political thriller set against the backdrop of the Suez Canal crisis that gripped the U.K. at the time (here's a little background on the incident). Despite the sober backdrop, "The Hour" also manages lighter moments -- creator Abi Morgan freely admits to a love for movies like "Broadcast News" and "His Girl Friday" and incorporated elements of them into the story. The series stars Romola Garai ("Atonement") as Bel Rowley, the producer...



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