DVD: The Hour: Series 2 (15)


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Dominic West's caddish news anchor, Hector, dominates Abi Morgan's still enjoyable 1950s-set drama.

The Hour's new head of news, Randall (Peter Capaldi), is grimly determined to bring back some vim to the BBC's current affairs show, so he re-enlists pompous Freddie (Ben Whishaw). Romala Garai (below) continues to unconvince as a news producer, but the wonderful Anna Chancellor excels as the grizzled news hack Lix. The plot – about shady Soho characters and a damaged police chief – barely matters, as it's the crackling chemistry between the lead characters that compels. Great telly.