Nearly 7,000 fans have signed a petition to save BBC2 drama The Hour.
The BBC announced yesterday that they would be scrapping the series after two series saying “We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through.”
The 1950s series, which starred Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw, followed the drama in a BBC newsroom. While the show was for the most part critically well received, series two of the Bafta and Golden Globe nominated drama, which aired in November and December 2012, saw The Hour struggle to attract large numbers of viewers.
But fans, including the petition’s creator Alice Stamaki, have been up in arms about the broadcaster’s decision not to commission a third run. And over 6,000 of them have so far added their signatures to Alice’s petition.
Fans from across the UK, as well as the US, Brazil, Japan and Poland, have professed their love for the show, calling it “riveting”, “brilliant” and “underrated”. Many fans have also cited the second season’s shocking ending, which left viewers unsure of Freddie’s fate, as a reason why a third series is needed.
“Critics and fans from all over the world adore The Hour,” Alice said, “It’s gripping, it’s intelligent, it’s incredibly, painfully relevant – it’s a sophisticated show for a discerning audience. The BBC has made a huge mistake in cancelling this show. I couldn’t just sit idly by and watch it go down without a fight. Its poor viewing figures were more down to lacklustre BBC promotion, rather than anything to do with the show itself.”
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