Romola Garai: “There’s absolutely no chance The Hour one-off special is going to happen”

The actress refutes rumours of a standalone episode, saying it's highly unlikely the BBC will reverse the decision to axe the period drama which also starred Ben Whishaw and Dominic West

It’s a(nother) sad day for fans of The Hour. Its star Romola Garai has quashed rumours of a one-off special to tie up any loose ends after BBC2 took the unexpected decision to axe the 1950s-set drama back in February. Viewers had been encouraged by comments from both Garai and Peter Capaldi on the Bafta red carpet earlier this year suggesting that the newsroom serial could return for a 1960s-based standalone episode catching up with the characters. 


But speaking to, Garai said, “I think there’s absolutely no chance that it’s going to happen. I mean, of course I would do it again but I just feel bad because there was all this press coming out saying maybe there’s going to be a one-off special. I don’t think they’re going to do that because it was quite a public axing and I think for the BBC to make a decision like that and then go back on it, I don’t think that would happen.”

The drama – which ran for two critically acclaimed but poorly rating series – was set within a new BBC current affairs show and starred Ben Whishaw and Dominic West as Freddie Lyon and Hector Madden opposite Garai’s Bel Rowley.  

The news of the axing came as a surprise to cast and crew who had ended series two on an unresolved cliffhanger. So, how would Garai have liked her character’s storyline to be tied up given the chance? “I guess the love story has to be resolved in some way. All I ever wanted for her character was for her to just take over the whole station and fulfil my own fantasy of her becoming completely liberated and happy on her own. But there would be a lot of pressure for her to have her love story.” 

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