Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw), Randall Brown (Peter Capaldi), Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) and  Hector Madden (Dominic West) in <i>The Hour</i>.

Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw), Randall Brown (Peter Capaldi), Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) and Hector Madden (Dominic West) in The Hour.

Conclusion of The Hour is nigh.

The BBC has announced it will not be comissioning a third season of the critically acclaimed 1950s drama despite it previously receiving nominations for four BAFTAs, two Golden Globes and an Emmy.

Billed as the UK's answer to Mad Men, the first season drew an audience of 2.89 million but that dropped to 1.33 million for series two.

A BBC spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter: "We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through."

The show starred Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Anna Chancellor and Romola Garai, whose characters worked as journalists for a weekly current affairs show during eras of spy subterfuge and underworld masterminds.