The Hour

  • Page

    of 2 First / Last

    Previous
  • Bremenacht 19 Jul 2011 22:09:57 18,275 posts
    Seen 1 day ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    Anyone watch the first episode?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012rwmc

    Looks intriguing. Lovely post-war setting, interesting plot and good leads. Reminds me a little of the film adaption of Enigma. Looks like an excellent drama of the type British TV used to do so well. Doesn't look like it's trying to impress, as The Shadowline sometimes did.

    Worth a wee look if you missed it.
  • Deleted user 19 July 2011 22:12:04
    Only saw some of it but it has Jimmy McNulty in it so immediately got my interest.

    Seemed quite good.
  • Dougs 19 Jul 2011 22:12:56 67,739 posts
    Seen 4 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    Have recorded it, will take a looksy
  • M83J01P97 19 Jul 2011 22:13:18 6,656 posts
    Seen 2 hours ago
    Registered 7 years ago
    You sure that's all it reminded you of....?

    I was interesting and nicely acted, but it really felt like they were just trying to make a British Mad Men.
  • otto Moderator 19 Jul 2011 22:17:41 49,315 posts
    Seen 21 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    That Romulan Garage is a corking filly.

    say no to Eurogamer sigs

  • Bremenacht 19 Jul 2011 23:59:22 18,275 posts
    Seen 1 day ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    M83J01P97 wrote:
    You sure that's all it reminded you of....?

    I was interesting and nicely acted, but it really felt like they were just trying to make a British Mad Men.
    heh. Yeah, it did have the look of it (in the form of Dominic West) but otherwise, not the feel, and not the theme. It looked authentically shabby. It even had a bit of Ally Pally in it.
  • freedumb 20 Jul 2011 11:21:28 1,110 posts
    Seen 5 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    Thought it was quite polished. Felt like lots of style over substance in the first half hour with its 'LOOK EVERYONE, ITS THE 50s!' thing, but it got better as it went on. The two leads are interesting and likeable, even though Freddie (is it?) looks too much like a 6th former on work experience rather than a producer at a news organization.

    Although there are similarities with the organizational politics the conspiracy/investigative journalism theme makes it differ from Mad Men (which IMO even with some admittedly good writing is as dull as dishwater with characters that I don't care for, but that's another story)
  • Clive_Dunn 20 Jul 2011 11:31:27 4,780 posts
    Seen 7 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    Really enjoyed it actually, which is rare for a BBC production. And Otto is correct.
  • glaeken 21 Jul 2011 15:16:33 11,175 posts
    Seen 8 hours ago
    Registered 10 years ago
    Just watched the first episode. Not bad. It certainly has promise. The only thing I could point out that felt a bit wrong was a little bit of weak writing. I thought the main reporter chap coming across the cigarette case was a little weak and him not connecting it up with the fact the dead guy had been searched for something did not quite match with the idea he is some amazingly talented reporter. Production values were great though and they seem to be paying a lot of attention to the period details.
  • spamdangled 21 Jul 2011 23:23:53 27,355 posts
    Seen 2 days ago
    Registered 6 years ago
    It's on again now on BB2 if anyone missed it (change of schedule from the Tudors).

    3DS: 4055-2781-2855 Xbox: spamdangled PSN: dark_morgan Wii U: Spamdangle Steam: spamdangled

  • Dougs 22 Jul 2011 12:27:41 67,739 posts
    Seen 4 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    I was a little disappointed with this tbh. It felt very BBC drama, and was a touch over-acted, especially by Freddie. Bel and McNulty were pretty good but I didn't think the production values were as good as say, Sherlock. I try not to compare British dramas to the US shows, which clearly have a bigger budget, but it's hard not to. Will give it another episode....
  • Bremenacht 26 Jul 2011 20:57:48 18,275 posts
    Seen 1 day ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    On shortly.
  • NBZ 26 Jul 2011 23:37:14 2,372 posts
    Seen 6 days ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    That was great.
  • mal 26 Jul 2011 23:49:51 22,560 posts
    Seen 59 minutes ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    Yeah, I thought it was alright. Good characters well acted, plotlines are still promising.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • freedumb 27 Jul 2011 03:03:42 1,110 posts
    Seen 5 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    Took a while to get going and I nearly dozed off during the first half, but picked itself up for the second half and became very good. Again.
  • Dougs 31 Jul 2011 20:41:54 67,739 posts
    Seen 4 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    Gave up on this. The more I watched, the more it seemed like an adult Press Gang. Complete with the same three-way relationship. If they could have cast Dexter Fletcher as Freddie, sure they would have done
  • faux_carnation 31 Jul 2011 21:07:39 9,339 posts
    Seen 1 day ago
    Registered 10 years ago
    I'm enjoying it so far.

    Looks like the "Gatehouse-style sinister man in a hat" plot is going to get going properly in ep3 too.
  • Bremenacht 16 Aug 2011 22:42:51 18,275 posts
    Seen 1 day ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    I'm enjoying this a lot. The stories have developed nicely yet remain simple with none of the trickery of that other BBC series I raved about not long ago. The characters have developed nicely too, and the settings are oldy-good even if the production values scream 'BBC budget' e.g. almost *everything* taking place within Haringey town hall, even Bel's flat!
  • Bremenacht 23 Aug 2011 22:38:31 18,275 posts
    Seen 1 day ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    Well, that was pretty good. Probably the best episode of the series.
  • freedumb 27 Aug 2011 01:30:05 1,110 posts
    Seen 5 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    Last episode wrapped things off very well, at times it was like watching 24 set in a newsroom, the tension was palpable.

    Rather than coming across as hammy they made the twist a convincing one, as you could trace it when you looked back at key events in the previous episodes. You could guess it earlier, but they made you believe it was a red herring, before revealing how possible it was.

    Iíve really enjoyed it, its been a classy series, style and substance.
  • RichieTenenbaum 27 Aug 2011 02:12:50 2,210 posts
    Seen 3 hours ago
    Registered 4 years ago
    I like the main guy's cardigan. Where can I buy a similar one?
  • localnotail 1 Dec 2012 21:11:18 23,093 posts
    Seen 7 months ago
    Registered 6 years ago
    Anyone watching series 2? Developing nicely I think. Addition of Peter Capaldi to the cast was always going to be good.

    Beautiful colours and cinematography (or whatever it's called for TV)

    Edited by localnotail at 21:13:45 01-12-2012

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • spamdangled 1 Dec 2012 21:21:21 27,355 posts
    Seen 2 days ago
    Registered 6 years ago
    I preferred the first series, but still enjoying it. Bringing soho and gay decriminalisation into a conspiracy is an angle i dont think has been done before. Certain characters continue to be redundant though.

    3DS: 4055-2781-2855 Xbox: spamdangled PSN: dark_morgan Wii U: Spamdangle Steam: spamdangled

  • Bremenacht 1 Dec 2012 22:08:56 18,275 posts
    Seen 1 day ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    Keep missing episodes, but I still enjoy it. It certainly does look good.

    Can I spoil it a little?

    Watch every corridor scene - it's the same corridor every time, no matter where it's supposed to be.

    :D

    Peter Capaldi! I just keep expecting him to rant and swear.
  • spamdangled 1 Dec 2012 23:15:53 27,355 posts
    Seen 2 days ago
    Registered 6 years ago
    Bremenacht wrote:
    Keep missing episodes, but I still enjoy it. It certainly does look good.

    Can I spoil it a little?

    Watch every corridor scene - it's the same corridor every time, no matter where it's supposed to be.

    :D

    Peter Capaldi! I just keep expecting him to rant and swear.
    Heh, BBC does that a lot. In Holby City and Casualty they do a lot of scenes on stairwells. These arent sets, they just put different signs on the wall of the actual bbc building stairwells in the elstree studio depending on where the scene is supposed to take place - from hospital to tower block to somewhere in a foreign country.

    3DS: 4055-2781-2855 Xbox: spamdangled PSN: dark_morgan Wii U: Spamdangle Steam: spamdangled

  • localnotail 1 Dec 2012 23:55:13 23,093 posts
    Seen 7 months ago
    Registered 6 years ago
    In some ways I'm enjoying this one more than the first, mostly because of the loss of the love triangle. Subject matter is great (fascists and Wolfenden report) plus the Spanish Civil War mention. It was a fascinating time.

    The colours are so lush. I know this might have slipped your radar due to but they really are lovely.

    Edited by localnotail at 23:57:33 01-12-2012

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Bremenacht 2 Dec 2012 01:53:39 18,275 posts
    Seen 1 day ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    Good god - darker green or lighter green, what's wrong with that? 'Seam Foam'??! What sort of insane name for an unfortunate colour is that? How about bluey-green? Never knew knew Eggplant and Cantaloupe were colours anyway. I thought they were things that hippies ate.
  • localnotail 2 Dec 2012 10:26:21 23,093 posts
    Seen 7 months ago
    Registered 6 years ago
    To be honest, I don't generally use those terms but I recognise what is meant by them. There does seem to be a difference generally between male & female colour determination. I can remember the look on my Dad's face when Mum presented him with a colour chart of "White with a hint of..." - "Surely they are all just off-white? Ok you decide"

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Page

    of 2 First / Last

    Previous
Log in or register to reply