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Date posted: 09.03.2011

Produced by Kudos for BBC2, The Hour is a thrilling six-part drama which takes viewers behind the scenes of the launch of a topical news show in London in 1956.

Written and created by BAFTA®-award winner Abi Morgan, The Hour stars Romola Garai (Atonement), Dominic West (The Wire) and Ben Whishaw (Bright Star) as Bel Rowley, Hector Madden and Freddie Lyon - the three driven and passionate journalists behind the new show. The characters' lives are soon complexly intertwined, creating a tense love triangle - set against the highly competitive and sharp-witted world of broadcasting and a mysterious murder.

When announcing the cast for the new commission, Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, said: "The combination of Ben Whishaw as Freddie, Romola Garai as Bel and Dominic West as Hector gives us one of the most exciting casts for a British TV series in years. Our trio crackle with sexual frisson and will bring Fifties London to life with style and complexity thanks to Abi Morgan's breathtaking scripts."

The drama, which started shooting in late 2010 and has just wrapped, shot extensively on location in the capital. With the support of Film London and Haringey Council's film office, the production set base at 1930s Grade II Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End. Other locations used for the shoot included Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park, the National Liberal Club on Whitehall Place and the majestic Wrotham Park, just outside the capital.

The Hour
is the latest high-profile drama Kudos has produced for the BBC. Previous titles include popular and award-winning series such as Spooks, Hustle, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Outcasts.

The series is expected to transmit later this year.

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