Romola Garai

"I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory."
Mid-period Stoppard -- that is, the work of the acclaimed Czech-born British playwright in his fifties and early sixties -- brought forth a remarkable series of intricate, thought-provoking-but-inviting plays like Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia.
It's late 1957, almost a year after turmoil shook the set of "The Hour," a fictional BBC news program full of hard-working
Based on the novel by Michael Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White shines through with beautiful performances and high level drama.
With the return of AMC's "Hell on Wheels" and the debuts of "Copper" and "The Crimson Petal and the White" -- a trio of hardscrabble dramas set in the 19th Century -- it's starting to look like Tribute to Old-Timey Prostitutes Month.
"The Hour" is one of those nicely calibrated UK dramas that has an alluring atmosphere and is bursting at the seams with great character actors ... If it's a well-made British costume drama you want, you can't wrong with this show.
From the cool blue checkerboard opening credit design and jazzy theme right on through to the final moments of last week's finale, this thriller became more and more addictive as the weeks went on.