- The Hour *
TODAY, 9PM, , ABC1
It is almost certainly an overstatement to suggest that this series is on a par with Mad Men. Or even near par. But there are parallels in the period, the ingrained misogyny (oh that word) of the media world and the fascination that is created when politics is combined with naked ambition. Plus, Romola Garai, as Bel, is perfectly gorgeous, every minute, and the clothes are fabulous. There is plenty of action in this episode, the first of the second season, both in the corridors where the television current affairs program The Hour is produced and in the not-so-private life of the cheating Hector. I've seen the next episode, too, and am pleased to report that Hector has trouble looming, and aren't we all glad?