It all started very innocently over the Christmas break. We were just looking for a low commitment program to fill a gap here and there.

Then obsession set in and we devoured both seasons of The Hour over the course of one lazy weekend. The show is described by the BBC simply as:

Critically-acclaimed drama set behind the scenes of a 1950s BBC current affairs programme.

It’s been compared to Mad Men, but to me it comes across as much darker than that and very moody. It’s got politics and history, sex and crime, and it also has smarts and some great music.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the beautiful look of the show that is supported by the cool soundtrack and addictive soap-opera shenanigans.

Here are a few things that go together with The Hour.


Pour a stiff drink, just like Bel would do. A Sidecar will do just fine.

/// Bel image via BBC /// Sidecar image via Imbibe Magazine


For some reason, this guy eats a lot of fish & chips on the series. Seems like fun to make your own.

/// Freddie image via BBC /// Fish & Chips image via Notions & Notations of a Novice Cook



Lix Storm is smart, tough and wears high-waisted trousers. Whip up a pair and be like Lix.

/// Lix image via BBC /// Trouser image via Burdastyle