BBC America launches a new six-part miniseries called "The Hour" tonight at 10 p.m., which has gotten raves from critics.
Set in 1956, "The Hour" follows a reporter and a producer for the BBC who get their own one-hour TV news program. The reporter (Ben Whishaw) is in love with the producer (Romola Garai) and soon finds himself entangled in murder and espionage. They are joined by a news anchor (Dominic West, "The Wire") who is more of a talking head than seasoned journalist.
BBC America is setting up this time slot for some of its top drama. After "The Hour's" run is done in six weeks, the second season of "Luther" returns, so the network is putting out some top-notch fare.
"The Hour" follows the season premiere of "Law & Order: UK" at 9 p.m., with former "Doctor Who" star Peter Davison taking over as the series' lead prosecutor. Since Freema Agyeman is already part of the series, I expect a Dalek to be prosecuted at some point.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: "Rescue Me" (FX, 10 p.m.) has been in rare form in its final season, no more so than last week when Tommy gave the Gavin women a pretty memorable pep talk to keep the house in order. This week finds more of Franco challenging Lou's authority.
USA has new episodes of "Royal Pains" and "Necessary Roughness" from 9-11 p.m.