Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Time up for BBC drama The Hour

Dominic West's drama THe Hour is coming to an end

Dominic West's drama The Hour is to be axed after two series.

The BBC programme, set in a 1950s newsroom, starred Dominic and Ben Whishaw and was written by Abi Morgan, whose movie hits include The Iron Lady.

Despite acclaim for the show, ratings dropped by more than a quarter on its second run, down from the two million-plus who saw the first series.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We loved the show, but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through."

Dominic recently signed up for another BBC production, playing actor Richard Burton for a BBC Four biopic. It will examine his relationship with Elizabeth Taylor - played by Helena Bonham-Carter - as the 90-minute film focuses on their appearance together in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward's play Private Lives.

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