Well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – so Mad Men, consider yourself suitably complimented.

Yep, since Don Draper and co pretty much single handedly launched a network here in the US, several other channels are trying to get in on the serialized 50′s / 60′s drama game! In the Fall we’ll be seeing Pan Am on ABC and The Playboy Club on NBC – but over in Britain they’ve already launched their ‘copycat’ show – The Hour, on BBC Two.

The Hour is set behind the scenes of a current affairs show in 1956, using television as the vehicle to chart the changing times and attitudes of the time. There’s a whole lot of smoking and sexism – of course -  but the show has also grafted on a thriller element with a trail of murders and clues linked to the unfolding behind the scenes drama.

On board for the ride are Dominic West (Chicago and Mona Lisa Smile), Ben Whishaw (Perfume, A Love Story) and Juliet Stevenson (who’s been in a whole heap of Brit TV and movies). Early response has been mixed to positive – but you can bet that BBC America already have their sights set on this one…

Here’s the first look trailer:
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And a clip from the show…

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So what do you think? Intrigued? Or are you starting to tire of the whole 50′s / 60′s era drama?