So this is the front of the postcard I’ve sent as part of the 2.0 version of the offline to try to save The Hour.
Considering that my handwriting could damage your eyes, allow me to transcript what I’ve written:
Dear Mr. Stephenson,
Alongside a vast and passionate community, I’m writing to you about the cancelation of the series The Hour.
As you probably know, Portugal was ruled in dictatorship for almost 50 years: (1926-)1933-1974.
Like it happens in these regimes, the press was tightly controlled by the government.
During «Estado Novo», many of those who wanted and/or could look for «unadulterated» news would turn to the BBC radio to get them from bold and brave news coverage much like that portrayed on The Hour.
Even today, the BBC’s journalism is deemed to have many of the qualities that greaten and should rule the field - unbiased, competent and thorough, for example.
The Hour may be a piece of fiction but it may also contribute to imbue today’s new and old journalists with the same values - after all, many shows have found how fiction influences our lives, how they seem to makes more human.
In a time where television isn’t as far from “cinematic value” as it used to be, The Hour is a prime and exquisite example of what people expect from a show with the BBC stamp: intelligent storytelling, compelling and well-written characters, high artistic and cultural values, and powerful performances.
The Hour was planned to be a 3-seasons series and it would be a pity if its brilliant story came to an end more than halfway over that goal, specially in a cliffhanger.
I also added the «Wish you were here, Moneypenny.», the hashtag, and the savethehour.tumblr.com address.
Looking back I could have probably tried to develop some points, but I wanted to keep it restricted to the post card. Even if the drama commissioner doesn’t end up reading them himself, I was taught in my journalism degree that we should try to be the most direct, clear and short we can when addressing busy people as he probably is. It doesn’t hurt to try, I guess.
Another bit of effort, as many of this community have made or will make.