Nothing excites me more on a TV show than a great pairing. I love to watch two talented actors play off each other, using good writing to their full advantage. Here are my favorite 2012 pairings and the scenes that show them off so well.
3. The Hour: Belle and Freddie
Belle: And we’d be happy? Freddie: Ecstatic. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else…with anyone else.
It was this pairing that held my attention in the beginning episodes of The Hour. The plot is complex and twisty and to be honest I had a hard time following along at first. Belle (Romola Garai) and Freddie’s (Ben Whishaw) chemistry is clear from their first scene. They are best friends who are in love with each other. How they met is never explained but it is obvious that their connection is deep.
Season 1 Episode 2
Freddie puts Belle to bed after a night of drinking following a disastrous news broadcast. The scene is short and simple but effective. Belle won’t let Freddie look at her as she cries about the failed evening. He obeys without question which is rare for him. When Freddie knows something is important to Belle his listens. As Freddie tugs at her shoes there is a familiarity between them, even without looking at each other. We haven’t known these characters long but as Freddie pulls Belle’s blankets up around her and tucks her hair behind her ear it is clear that they care deeply for each other. Continue reading