pick of the week
Saturday, 9.30pm, BBC UKTV
For one glorious moment I thought this was the new series three of this wonderful show based around an edgy BBC current affairs program, The Hour, set in London in 1956. But alas, it’s a repeat of the second — and, sob, the last — series. Why is it that something as clever as this gets canned, even when viewers scream for more? ‘‘ We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through,’’ the BBC said last year. Now we’ll never know what happened to Freddie (Ben Whishaw), the headstrong but lovable journalist and co- presenter. The cast includes Dominic West as Hector Madden, the charismatic presenter and incorrigible pants man; Oona Chaplin as Marnie, his wife; and Romola Garai as Bel Rowley, the show’s producer and Hector’s main love interest. The script tackles reporting events such as the Suez Crisis, communist spies and corrupt politicians intertwined with an emerging form of investigative journalism that pits the staff against management. There’s also a good dose of humour. The Hour was nominated for heaps of awards and won two. It was a hit in the US. ‘‘[ It is] as if it were a space containing chocolate, gold, a book you’ve always wanted to read, your favourite music, and the love of your life who desires you unceasingly,’’ Nancy Franklin wrote in The New Yorker. I’ll drink to that.