The Hour: Cancelled, No Season Three for BBC America Series

The Hour canceledThere won’t be a third season of The Hour, the BBC Two TV series. The show aired on BBC America here in the States.

Created by Abi Morgan, The Hour is set in the late 1950’s and revolves around a BBC current affairs news show. The dramatic series stars Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Romola Garai, Anton Lesser, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Joshua McGuire, Lisa Greenwood, Anna Chancellor, Kelly-Jayne Adams. Burn Gorman, Juliet Stevenson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Andrew Scott and Oona Chaplin.

While The Hour was a success in its first season, viewership dropped significantly in season two. There are just 12 episodes total and the finale aired on BBC America on January 2nd.

A representative for BBC Two said, “We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through.”

What do you think? Did you like The Hour? Are you sorry to hear that there won’t be a third season?

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  1. Sue says

    Devastated that The Hour has been cancelled. BBC must reconsider and make another series. It is so brilliant. It is the best TV series ever. Please make another series.

  2. Melinda says

    As an Anglophile, I’m crushed that there won’t be another season. I don’t watch very many TV series, but this one I really looked forward to. The very intense, interesting and historical background made it one of the best programs, right at the top.

    Such a shame.
    Please reconsider.
    Thank you,

  3. GS says

    Speaking as an American, we absolutely loved this show. It was not well advertised and when it was it was badly advertised. That fault is the broadcast company not the show which was one of the very best things on Television, including most of what is on BBC America. I hope HBO or Cinemax TV, who seem to be putting out the best series now, will pick it up and promote it properly. I totally agree with the other comments, the writing was wonderful, the acting first rate, with characters that were different and well rounded and very far from being Cliche`.

  4. Sophie says

    Please don’t do this to me!! Can’t it be reconsidered?!! Come on ! Freddie and Bel,I’d love to see them be together.Poor Freddie! Ben Whishaw is getting more and more popular after Skyfall and Cloud Atlas,I believe many people would like to see him in this show!

  5. Maggie Mackenzie-Goodman says

    There has never been any series like “The Hour” – it has been a wonderful series and one that should be continued.

    Our friends have slowly but surely really ‘got into it’.


  6. Emma says

    What?!??!?!?! NOOOOOOO!!!! What about Freddie?!?u can’t let him die! :'( I demand another season, BBC!!! I am really sad, I hope I get to see the cast do some movies or tv. Ben Winshaw and Dominic West are getting more noticeable, I hope I get to see them in more movies. Goodbye, The Hour :'(

  7. Sherrie Richards says

    with such low grade,uninteresting TV programs, I will miss The Hour very much, and am very disappointed it’s cancelled. The characters were well developed, costumes wonderful, and story-line smart and sassy. A big loss to all of us.

  8. Gail says

    One of the best shows on TV EVER! It seems that the BBC did almost nothing to promote the show in the US and then used low ratings here to cancel the show. My family looked forward to watching this show from the first episode of season one, waited patiently for season two to begin, and hoped for a season three. We own both DVD’s. The writing was first rate, and all of the actors were wonderful. The actors brought their characters to life in ways far and above the best of TV.

  9. K. Linehan says

    Season 2 was even better than season 1. The characters were really getting developed. It’s very disappointing. Do we have to watch endless shows on BBC America like Gordon Ramsey and Top Gear?

  10. Pat dowsett says

    I am very disappointed to read that no series three of “The Hour” is to be made on the popularity of the show in America. Their taste for CSI type shoes shows little depth and shows made in the UK spend much more time and effort on really good story lines and intrigue and not simply on the slickness of of solving everything in a minimum of time to a formula in one hour with perfectly coiffured and madeup unreal woman of stick figures. I love Bell, a real and believable young woman in what was an extremely difficult time for woman to be taken seriously in the world of tv back then. The relationship between her and Freddie is absorbing and your heart goes out to him being unable to communicate his feelings for her when he is such a good communicator in his job. I was looking forward so much to series Three as were my friends hoping he was not dead after his beating at the end of series two. What strength of character you wrote and Ben Wishaw delivered in your final episode. I and many of my friends in Australia would be so sad if you do not go ahead with this wonderful show because of the American viewers, the best thrillers come from UK, I know because I have most of them on DVD and revisit them often rather than watching formula USA shows

  11. JH says

    That really sucks… SUCH a great show! Someone call AMC and have them put S3 of The Hour on instead of bringing back that p.o.s. The Killing!

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