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Wednesday 16 Apr 2014

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The Hour – Abi Morgan's intelligent and ambitious new drama series for BBC Two

Bafta Award-winning writer Abi Morgan returns to BBC Two with her first-ever drama series, from Kudos Film and Television. Revealing, entertaining and crackling with sexual frisson, The Hour takes viewers behind the scenes of a broadcast news room in London 1956.

With a highly competitive, sharp-witted and passionate love triangle at the heart of the series, it is through the lens of the lives of enigmatic Bel and her rivals, Freddie and Hector, that viewers witness the decade at its most exciting – from the ruthless sexual politics behind the polite social fa├žade to the revelations that redefined the world for a new generation. Over the six episodes, Abi explores the interplay and intense ambitions between our rising news team.

Abi Morgan says: "The Hour is a challenging new direction for me with the chance to return to characters again and again and see them develop in a series format. I'm excited about the potential of their stories."

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: "Strongly authored drama series are absolutely key to re-establishing BBC Two's reputation as the home of distinctive, intelligent and ambitious drama.

"The Hour signals this confident new direction, Abi Morgan is one of this country's leading writing talents and she has created a breathtakingly original and surprising series that will entertain audiences."

Jane Featherstone, Kudos Film and Television, creative director and executive producer, says: "We are chuffed to bits to be working with the fantastic Abi Morgan again, this time on her first series for television.

"The Hour is a stunning character-driven piece, focusing on the lives of three characters as they confront their own fears for their futures, while the country does the same. It is compelling, original and will make irresistible viewing."

The Hour is a 6x60-minute drama series, commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning.

Executive producers are Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax for Kudos Film and Television, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Abi Morgan. The producer is Ruth Kenley-Letts.

The director and casting are still to be announced.

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Information for viewers

More content about The Hour will be published, as transmission approaches, on:
www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/the-hour/

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