Did Ben Whishaw's Character in "The Hour" Live or Die? We Will Never Know
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Did Ben Whishaw's Character in "The Hour" Live or Die? We Will Never Know

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 12, 2013 | Comments ()


This doesn't make any damn sense to me. BBC's The Hour, which also airs on BBC America, and is one of the best shows that you haven't been watching (FOR SHAME), has been axed by BBC, despite expectations that the series would air three seasons.

In fact, those expectations were so high that season two ended on a crushing, devastating cliffhanger, in which Freddie Lyon's life hung in the balance. My fear was that The Hour would ultimately kill off the character because of Whishaw's sudden popularity -- he's Q in Skyfall and was brilliant in Cloud Atlas. But Whishaw has had that choice taken away from him by the cancellation of the series, which will also mean less Romola Garai in our lives, and I don't like living in a world with less Romola Garai.


First "Psych," and now this? I am sad all over the place. Is it too early for watered-down whiskey?

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  • Jemiah Jefferson


  • lele

    When the credits rolled to the end of the season finale, I screamed "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" at my tv.
    I just did the exact same thing when I read this post.

  • lorent

    Dammit! I WAS watching this and I'm pissed that they cancelled it.

  • Vi

    Oh are we talking about how awesome Whishaw is? He's amazing in richard ii:


  • Ozioma

    To hell with Freddie Lyon. I wanted more Randall Brown/Lix Storm, damnit!

  • English Heart

    This happens and Mr. Selfridge (gag) gets another season??? A pox on them!

  • Drake


  • kilmo

    SPOILER ALERT much!!!! Just kidding, I don't care.

    I am sad about Psych though. Actually, Lawson can leave. She's so bland and uninteresting and being in a relationship has made Shawn fat. Maybe, if she leaves Gus could finally get a love interest that isn't crazy and that sticks.. for more than 2 episodes.

  • toblerone

    On the bright side we are getting more Luther and Sherlock...

  • Blake

    Not really a shock. Did it even deserve a second season? I will however miss Romola Garai and her figure in those form fitting dresses. No one looks nearly as good in them other than Christina Hendricks

    I was also more in love with the idea or Bel and her glasses then Bel and Freddie together.

    Romola Garai in Game of Thrones?

  • annie

    I've been a huge fan of Garai's for years, and the girl has no idea how to pick a dress for her amazing figure. It's like she was made for The Hour attire.

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    finding a really good dress for that figure is a bit of a challenge, says someone with the slightly shorter, fatter version of that figure. You often have to go vintage, and if you've got shoulders or upper arms at all, the difficulty increases.

    Oh Romola... the wind sings your name... Romola.

  • ceebee_eebee

    I am seriously considering just laying down on the floor of my office and sobbing my eyes out. I never should have gotten out of bed this morning.

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    I haven't watched this (sorry), and now I guess I won't. Am assuming it didn't do very well, but then I only really know it exists from reading this site (and I'm in UK).

  • Pants-are-a-must


  • Kathleen Allen

    welcome to my world. every time i get hooked on a bbc/itv show, they pull the freaking plug. and they have no sense of rationale...aces in the ratings, popular with critics and boom! too bad.

  • hasshole

    Doesn't everyone die, Dustin?

  • pajiba

    Almost. When the apocalypse arrives, and the world is destroyed Roland Emmerich style, Charlie Sheen and Jim Belushi will still be here, laughing their asses off.

  • Mrs. Julien

    With cockroaches to keep them company, kindred spirits as it were.

  • fluff_fluff

    I try to sell this to my friends on the basis of perving on West and Whishaw (which is a worthwhile past-time), but I might actually be most depressed about not getting more of Marnie and Mr. Brown.

  • This is officially the worst news of 2013. Nothing could possibly be worse than this. All it needed was one more season!

  • Joseph Finn

    I wish I could be surprised but apparently the ratings were kind of dismal for season 2 (on BBC America at least).

  • pajiba

    It's because they aired it on effing Christmas break, and I don't know what it's like in England, but that's when people STOP watching TV in America.

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