Friday, 21 June 2013

I wish the BBC hadn't called time on The Hour

There's no justice. Not in the world of commissioning sequels. Don't believe me? Let's look at the evidence.

Jaws 3 was followed by Jaws 4: The Revenge. If you've ever watched Jaws 3 it is, I'd argue, incredibly unlikely that you were left with an urge to see a follow up, wondering about a range of new hugely unlikely and not-remotely-scary scenarios where you might be able to find a great white shark attacking humans.

Likewise it's pretty unlikely you will be having sleepless nights wondering what happened to the surviving characters: Would the Brody family escape their great white curse? Did they abandon the underwater sea park in the end or give it a brush up and reopen as an underwater coffee shop?

But if you watched the second series of The Hour there's a far greater chance, I'd wager, that you were left wondering what happens next to producer Bel, newshound Freddie and news presenter and resident charmer Hector. What other news scandals will The Hour team uncover? Will Bel and Freddie's relationship ever get going? More pressingly, will Freddie survive after being left in a bloody mess outside the news studio?

All these questions will remain unanswered as there will be no series three for The Hour.

There'll be no return for the achingly cool soundtracked series, with enough on-screen smoking to leave you developing a hacking cough by proxy. It even had strong lead female characters (gasp), a premise that didn't centre around crime (although, admittedly, crime was central to the plot of series two), a palpable sense of danger and a roster of characters that you actually gave a monkeys about. The Hour wasn't perfect, but you could sit though it enthralled, excited and eager to see what happened next.
So while the world got to see what happened next to another seemingly indestructible killer great white shark (it tried to eat Michael Caine, in case you were wondering), the viewing public didn't get to find out what happened next in The Hour, how it progressed or tied up those loose ends, which are destined to be left dangling in the wind.

See? No justice in the world of commissioning sequels.