Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has said that he is “shocked” that The Hour was axed.

The 32-year-old actor, teamed up with The Wire star Dominic West for the BBC show, set in a 1950s' newsroom, but bosses have decided not to bring the drama back for a third season.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Whishaw said: "I'm disappointed too, I have to say. I love doing it so much and I love that character and all the other characters.

"I think we all felt that we were coming back together again to finish off the story so it was a bit of a blow to be honest. Apparently there is some big campaign online to persuade the powers that be that they should give us a third one.

"(It's) really frustrating (not to have a proper ending) because you invest in a character and you think you're going to get the next installation of their story so it was a shock and a disappointment."