If you haven't heard of The Hour, then take some time to go and watch it! It is a fantastic newsroom drama set in 1950s Britain and has just completed showing it's second series. This show is great for many reasons, including (but not limited to) a fantastic cast (including the likes of Romola Garai, Anna Chancellor, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Oona Chaplin), a flawless set design (with original 1950s BBC film equipment in the studio), incessant smoking, the Suez crisis, whisky, romance, scandal and murder.
Here's the trailer for the first series:
And a trailer for the second series:
The party itself was a small one, and here are a couple of photographs from the evening. I went as Marnie Madden, and the host as Bel Rowley (on the right in the first photograph). All photo credits go to Jack Marlowe, who came as Freddie Lyon.
If you're a cocktail drinker, you might want to check out The Hour cocktails - one for each of the main characters - created by The Blue Bar at The Algonquin Hotel. I found these recipes on The Hour page on BBC America, which has a veritable treasure trove of videos, photos and resources.
The Algonquin Hotel‘s The Blue Bar mixologists provided the following concepts and recipes. The Algonquin Hotel is a longstanding historical landmark, which has been a centrifugal part of culture and glamor of Manhattan through the ages. Once a favorite haunt of legends such as John Barrymore, Ernest Hemingway and Dorothy Parker, what better place to find a historically authentic cocktail menu that represents the class and sophistication of ‘The Hour.’