The Hour

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Downton Abbey Adds Doctor Who, 24 Alums for Season 5

Richard E Grant

Downton Abbey is adding three to its ranks for Season 5, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Doctor Who and Girls alum Richard E. Grant will play... read more

The CW Orders Holy Grail-Inspired Miniseries, Two New Reality Series

Jessica Brown Findlay

The CW is on the hunt for the Holy Grail.

The network has ordered a four-hour miniseries, titled Labyrinth, that follows two women — one in modern-day France and the other in medieval France — who are united in their search for the Grail.

An adaptation of Kate Mosse's best-selling novel of the same name, Labyrinth stars Downton Abbey alum Jessica Brown-Findlay as Alaïs, a 17-year-old in the year... read more

Ask Matt: The New Doctor, Fosters, Emmy Snubs, Dance, Glee

Peter Capaldi

Question: What are your thoughts on the selection of Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who's Twelfth Doctor? I have to admit that I had no idea who he was — I assume he's more of a household name in the U.K. I don't want to prematurely bash the selection and I'm willing to see how things work out, but it seems to be a traditional choice and even more so since the modern Doctor Who series has featured younger actors. During the special that announced the selection, the show runner ...
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Skyfall's Ben Whishaw Comes Out, Confirms Civil Partnership

Ben Whishaw

Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw came out Sunday and revealed that he entered into a civil partnership with composer Mark Bradshaw last August in Sydney, Australia, The Daily Mail reports.

Whishaw and Bradshaw met on the 2009 film Bright Star, in which Whishaw played... read more

Who Is the New Doctor Who?

Peter Capaldi

Oscar winner Peter Capaldi will play the 12th Doctor Who, BBC announced Sunday during the live special Dr. Who Live: The Next Doctor.

"It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer," Capaldi said during the special, which aired worldwide. "For a while I couldn't... read more

The Big Bang Theory and HBO Lead Critics’ Choice Television Nominations

Big Bang Theory

Nerds rejoice. The Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story: Asylum led the way with six Critics' Choice Television Awards nominations each. The nominations were announced Wednesday morning.

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BBC America Acquires Drama Starring Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Arthur Darvill

David Tennant

BBC America has acquired the eight-part drama Broadchurch starring Doctor Who alums David Tennant and Arthur Darvill, the cable network announced Saturday at the winter TV previews.

Broadchurch will focus on... read more

Wednesday Playlist: Hour Finale, Nashville Recap and More

Dominic West

Happy New TV Year! With the brief holiday programming pause about to be over, it's already time to say goodbye to one of last year's better series: the evocative second season of BBC America's Golden Globe-nominated The Hour. A ticking-clock deadline fuels the suspense in Wednesday's gripping finale (9/8c). With showtime fast approaching for a new edition of the fictional '50s TV newsmagazine, The Hour's co-anchors find themselves embroiled in controversy and peril. read more

Review: BBC's Hour of Power, and More Wednesday TV

The Hour

Memo to HBO's The Newsroom: This is how it's done.

In its second season, BBC America's The Hour (Wednesdays at 9/8c) is the very model of a smart, sleek, witty and sexy drama about the inner workings of a high-profile TV news operation. Set in the late '50s, but feeling quite contemporary in its depiction of media celebrity, with political and competitive pressures assailing journalistic ideals, this first-class entertainment avoids the pitfalls of preachiness and extreme silliness that often derailed Aaron Sorkin's TV comeback. read more

Ask Matt: AMC, BBC America, Hetty on NCIS: LA, Switched at Birth, Warehouse 13

Linda Hunt

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: AMC has some of the best scripted shows on television, from Breaking Bad to Mad Men to The Walking Dead to The Killing. read more

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Premiered: August 17, 2011, on BBC America
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A series following life in and around a weekly BBC news program in 1956 focuses on the lives of three people, the two friends for whom "The Hour" has been a lifelong dream, and the show's anchor.

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