Political thriller sold to 80 or so territories

LONDON — BBC drama “The Hour,” hailed as Blighty’s answer to “Mad Men,” has been sold to Netflix in Canada and Latin America.

The political thriller, which is set in 1956 against the backdrop of a new BBC public affairs show during the Suez Crisis, will be available to Netflix subscribers in Canada from January, and is to debut this month across Latin America.

Distributor Shine International said that 80 or so territories had acquired “The Hour,” made by U.K. shingle Kudos, which is owned by Shine.

Among those that have acquired the six-part skein are ABC Australia, Fox International Channels and SVT in Sweden.

The series stars Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw.

It was written by Abi Morgan, whose credits include “Sex Traffic” and “The Iron Lady.”

“The Hour,” which has been greenlit for a second series, launched on BBC America in August.

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