American version of series has been discussed at Shine

BBC America drama “The Hour” will not be back for a third season after the BBC declined to renew the series in the U.K.

“We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through,” a BBC spokesman said.

Starring Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw and set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, “The Hour” ran for two seasons of six episodes and earned a miniseries writing Emmy nomination last year for creator Abi Morgan.

There has been discussion internally at Shine America about developing a U.S. version of the show, set in a slightly later historical time period. Shine Intl. distributed “The Hour.”

West is set to co-star with Helena Bonham Carter in a BBC movie about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

(Steve Clarke in London contributed to this report.)

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