the hour

Ep 35 Real Steel , The WhistleBlower, The Hour and FrightFest

Upodcasting was hungry. Very hungry. We have feasted on the many delights on offer and bring you a tasting menu of scientifically measured blabber in an episode that Heston Blumenthal would be proud of.

The annual Film4 Frightfest returns to haunt us, but in a good way. We talk about the Guillermo Del Toro produced remake of Don’t be afraid of the dark and the follow-up to cult British horror classic The Wicker man, The Wicker Tree; again directed by Robin Hardy.

For good or for bad, Breaking In has been renewed and we also debate the merits of Franklin and Bash. Whatever our conclusions, Louis CK brings us back to reality with the excellent and award nominated, Louie. More flights of fancy follow with our analysis of the excellent trailer for Tucker Vs Evil.

BBC2’s 6 part drama The Hour is the next dish to be served…mainly cold, but with a dash of spicy sauce to liven it up. We then have a little bit of a breather between courses; some sorbet to cleanse the pallet in the form of Real Steel: the all action, futuristic, robot-fighting, fun-packed blockbuster starring Hugh Jackman. Our co-host @asimburney was lucky enough to have a sneak preview screening!

The main review this episode is for The Whistleblower – a somewhat under-known film starring Rachel Weiss in a brilliant performance in a powerful film. It won’t spoil things to say we think this film is fantastic and a perfectly satisfying way to end our movie meal.

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Coming soon: The Hour, BBC2

 

BBC2's The Hour

New to the BBC this summer is a 6 part drama, The Hour, written by Abi Morgan. Set in 1956 on a British topical news programme (think Panorama in a prior incarnation perhaps) at the time of  the Suez crisis, The Hour, according to Ben Stephenson (Controller BBC Drama commissioning) aims “to [re-establish] BBC2’s reputation as the home of distinctive, intelligent and ambitious drama”. The BBC press release says that a competitive and sharp-witted love triangle (ouch, I don’t want to be in one of those) will be the lens through which viewers will see the defining events of the decade unfolding. The backdrop to this is a mysterious murder and a controversial and dangerous journalistic investigation.

 

With a suitably strong cast, including Dominic West, Ben Wishaw, Romola Garai and supported by Tim Pigott-Smith, Juliet Stevenson and Julian Rhind-Tutt among many others, the ingredients for a cracking 6-parter are firmly in place.

My only concern is that it will be unfairly labelled the BBC’s Madmen. Whilst I can understand the superficial comparison – set in the 1950s, looks and feels as authentic and stylish (from the trailer at least, see below) – I think this will prove to be unfair. Certainly Abi Morgan has only given viewers 6 episodes and of course the show will not span the decades and detail quite the social changes that take place over the course of Madmen. If anything, the trailer makes me think more of the opening credits to the outrageous cartoon Archer.

The Hour starts on July 19th at 9pm on BBC2.

 

 

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