BBC cancels The Hour
BBC period thriller The Hour starring Dominic West, Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai won't be returning for a third series...
In the spirit of felling tall oaks to let little acorns flourish (and other hackneyed metaphors), it seems BBC Two drama The Hour has run its course. Two series of the fifties-set news thriller starring The Wire's Dominic West, Skyfall's Ben Whishaw, and The Crimson Petal and the White's Romola Garai ran in 2011 and 2012, but the planned third season is no longer to be.
In comparison with another of the BBC's period dramas, Call The Midwife (which, unsurprisingly, will be receiving a third series), The Hour failed to thrive. "We loved the show," said the BBC's official statement, "But have to make hard choices to bring new shows through."
The news comes in the wake of the BBC drama department previewing a raft of new projects, including a Liz Taylor/Richard Burton biopic that's intended as BBC Four's drama swan song (the channel will have exclusively factual and comedy programming in future), starring Dominic West as the Burton to Helena Bonham-Carter's Taylor.
More comfortably in our remit are the six-part adaptation of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the recently announced fantasy series Atlantis, and BBC Three zombie comedy series In The Flesh, all of which we'll be keeping an eye on in the run-up to broadcast.
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