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BBC Cancels The Hour

February 12, 2013  |  2:00pm
BBC Cancels <i>The Hour</i>

Twin Peaks, Deadwood and now The Hour.

According to report by Britain’s Radio Times, the award-winning British series will now join the pantheon of great shows left unfinished.

The BBC reported today that they will ax the 1950s period drama, which concerned the development of the fictional current events program The Hour and the characters caught in the ensuing drama.

Created by Iron Lady and Shame screenwriter Abi Morgan, the series starred Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), Romola Garai (Atonment) and Dominic West (The Wire).

Branded as the BBC’s response to Mad Men, the show nevertheless drew raves from critics, earning four Golden Globe nominations, three BAFTAs and spots on several best-of-the-year lists.

Despite the attention, however, the show struggled with ratings all throughout its second season, averaging around 1.2 million viewers. The cancellation especially stings for fans awaiting the resolution to a cliffhanger introduced at the end of the second season finale,

“We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through,” the BBC said in a statement following the announcement.

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