Jul 11 2011 9:01am

Is The Hour the Newsy British Version of Mad Men?

Many have already commented on the similarity between Mad Men and this new series from BBC called The Hour. It might just be the styling and the hawtness of the leading man/men, but never mind that; just take a look at the trailer, then you tell us: How fabulous does this look?

It debuts on BBC America on August 17. Here’s some info from BBC America’s blog about it:

Set in a BBC news room in 1950s London, the series follows renegade journalist Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw), ambitious producer Bel Rowley (Romola Garai), and handsome anchor Hector Madden (Dominic West) as they create a weekly investigative news program titled The Hour. But tensions rise when they become embroiled in “a highly competitive, sharp-witted, and passionate love triangle.” Their personal drama is set against the backdrop of ’50s Cold War paranoia and spy intrigue.

Love triangle? Spy intrigue? Dominic West AND Ben Whishaw? Swoon!

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Louisa Edwards
1. LouisaEdwards
I have loved Dominic West madly ever since The Wire! Plus, my husband is a journalist. We will definitely be watching this one...
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@LouisaEdwards: Dominic West is a great actor, PLUS he reads Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice--see the article in Guardian UK.

My dad was a journalist, that newspaper year for The Wire brought back a lot of memories--he was the Metro Editor and his workplace was a lot like the way they portrayed it. So, yeah, I'll be watching this, too.
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