Ben Whishaw disappointed by 'The Hour' axe

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 March 2013
Ben Whishaw at the Skyfall World Premiere

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw has expressed his "shock and disappointment" at the BBC's decision to axe 'The Hour' and said he would have loved to return for a third series

Ben Whishaw is disappointed by the BBC's decision to axe 'The Hour'.

The 'Skyfall' actor - who played TV newsreader Freddie Lyon in the BBC Two period drama - feels there is plenty of life left in the show, which ended on a cliffhanger at the end of its second series and was cancelled earlier this year.

He told The Sun newspaper: "It was a shock and a disappointment.

"We all felt we were coming back together again to finish off the story. So it was a blow to be honest."

The newsroom drama - which also stars Dominic West and Romola Garai - opened with nearly three million viewers in 2011, but figures slipped to just 1.68 million for the first episode of its second series last year.

The latest series ended with Ben's character, Freddie, fighting for his life after being beaten up by gangsters, and the actor admitted it is "frustrating" to not resolve the plot.

He added: "It was on a knife-edge. It's really frustrating because you invest in a character and you think you're going to get the next bit of their story.

"I loved doing it so much and I loved that character."

Series creator Abi Morgan recently revealed that Ben's character would have survived in a third series.

She said: "Freddie might have gone to the dark side in series three. And it may have been up to Bel (Romola) to pull him back."

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