From the first moment of the show you are fascinated by the movements of Noah towards his inexplicable meeting with Alison. And when they do meet, the variations on his view and hers of the occasion are totally different.
"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.
Images -- political and otherwise -- often have only the most tenuous relationship with reality. As it happened, that idea was a significant factor in several of the films I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.