The Hour

Season 2 Episode 6

2/6.

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 13, 2012 on BBC America
9.4
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Events come to a head as Hector prepares to leave the BBC and go over to ITV to keep his marriage together.

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  • The Darkest Hour

    9.0
    Having watched both series of the Hour rather closely together I must say that it's unfortunate that BBC2 passed on renewing this magnificent period piece for a third series. This series, often seen as a "Mad Men-esque" British rip-off is unfounded for those who haven't actually seen it. Without delving too much into spoilers both series of this show had very different conspiracies from the Brightstone spy thriller of Series 1 to the political-sex scandal of Series 2. The characters have evolved and the drama was always high stakes especially the "will they, won't they" of Bel and Freddie (although we'll never see that conclusion of whether Freddie is indeed alive for a third series or whether they will be together in the future). But Series 2 had a step up in terms of having a definable villain right off the start, the despicable Raphael Cilenti who is a ruthless blackmailing nightclub owner. Series 1 had more of a spy thriller element to it with Clarence and Tom Kish as the sort of antagonists passed along. Hector, the legit Dominic West from the Wire, has certainly evolved as well. This film gave a great retrospective on the nuclear age and the Cold War age that few other shows do that remain relevant from the period to now. But overall this series is definitely worth a look for anyone who can get into period television and wants to see some legitimately fine high caliber BBC production.moreless
  • About to leave for ITV, Hector is subjected to a new media frenzy, whilst Freddie is captured by Cilenti's men.

    7.5
    Melodrama takes over at full throttle in this series finale, as we learn that police corruption extends even further than Stern and that Marnie is pregnant by another man. To trail still more plot devices for a possible third series, we also learn that Sissy has married Dr. Ola, that Isaac has become a playwright and that McCain, revealed as a homosexual during this season, has quit his shadowy Intelligence job and become some sort of PR man. Turning this oleaginous baddie into a hero of sorts in this final episode makes for a surprisingly effective twist, although the resolution of the Randall-and-Lix sub-plot is rather muffled. There is a hanging thread of plot, in the American manner, at the very end - we are uncertain as to whether or not Freddie will survive the vicious beating he has received at the hands of Cilenti and his men. There has been an improvement in Ben Whishaw's performance in this role over the course of Season Two, but Romola Garai as Bel has not been served too well by the scriptwriters; Bel is a remarkably ineffectual heroine, and has had far less to do than other leading characters.moreless
Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi

Randall Brown

Guest Star

Tom Burke

Tom Burke

Bill Kendall

Guest Star

Hannah Tointon

Hannah Tointon

Kiki Delaine

Guest Star

Anna Chancellor

Anna Chancellor

Lix Storm

Recurring Role

Julian Rhind-Tutt

Julian Rhind-Tutt

Angus McCain

Recurring Role

Oona Chaplin

Oona Chaplin

Marnie Madden

Recurring Role

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