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More Thoughts on “The Hour”

We are now about midway through the first series of The Hour and I have to say I am enjoying it. It’s suspenseful but also paced very well so that you don’t get wound too tight, nor is it dull.

I think it’s interesting to see the comparisons to political clout between now and then, and the deals that are struck behind closed doors, and it makes me wonder (as someone who is not a member of the elite or of the moves and shakers club) how close to reality this fiction is.

It’s important to keep in mind that it is a historical fiction and that the characters are somewhat playing the roles that they must, but I also like the way Freddie (the main reporter) doggedly pursues leads and won’t let the story, or his childhood friend, die in vain.

I don’t have much else to say about it except that this week’s episode came to a surprising point at the end, and I certainly didn’t expect the confrontation that occurred. I’ll be curious to see how the rest plays itself out without a character that I considered an integral part of the conspiracy. It’s possible that his absence will increase the suspense, however, because without a person to keep an eye on, you begin to suspect that everyone else might be one of them.

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