That’s Madden, not Mad Men! We’ve been excited about the upcoming Dramaville line-up on BBC America, and it’s finally here! Programming begins tomorrow night with The Hour, starring Dominic West of The Wire.
The 6-episode season takes place in a BBC television newsroom of 1956, and while there’s surely internecine bloodsport and romance among the
ad men journalists and staff, a genuine Cold War espionage plot unfolds to ensnare these characters as well. Also starring are Romola Garai (remember her charming Emma?) and Ben Whishaw, with a wonderful ensemble including Anna Chancellor, Tim Pigott-Smith, Juliet Stevenson, and the always-worrisome Julian Rhind-Tutt. (Go look him up. See? You know that face, and it always means trouble!)
Dramaville will be hosted by Idris Elba, already known and beloved to us as Luther. After the first season of The Hour, the second season of Luther begins September 28th. Then comes Whitechapel, about a modern Ripper and Kray Brothers copycat, starting October 26th. Finally, State of Play, a miniseries about political intrigue and murder, begins airing on December 7th.
Following Dramaville every week is Law & Order: UK, and its Season 3 episodes also premiere August 17th. (See related and amusing lessons in British Justice.)
Wow! When it comes to the bad behavior and stylish productions, BBC America is throwing down the ascot. Will you be there?