Gilbert Speaks on ‘The Devil’s Hour’

Thank you, Andy Burns, for recommending this series. What happens when the past, present and future collide? Now add a touch of Peter Capaldi and you get a winning series.

The Devil’s Hour

The Devil’s Hour is a British drama thriller series that was created by Tom Moran and produced by Steven Moffat. Directed by Johnny Allan, and starring Jessica Raine, Peter Capaldi, Nikesh Patel, Benjamin Chivers, Meera Syal, Phil Dunster, and Barbara Marten. The story revolves Lucy Chambers (Jessica Raine), a social worker who is also dealing with family and relationship woes. Every night she wakes up at exactly 3:30 am.

That is called the devil’s hour for those who aren’t aware of the reference. What exactly is the devil’s hour? According to folklore, the 3 am slot is regarded by paranormal experts as a time when either pure evil or the spirit world can make their presence known. As a psychic medium, this is the time of day that I receive messages from family members who have crossed over. It is also the time that I receive messages from the angelic realm. I have my beloved father as my gatekeeper to keep all demonic entities from entering my world during the witching hour. But in this series, Lucy does not have a gatekeeper and the disturbing visions that she is having revolve around her eight-year-old son, Isaac (Benjamin Chivers).

We learn right off that Lucy is separated from her husband Mike (Phil Dunster) because he can’t accept the boy, who is exhibiting autistic traits. Lucy is also dealing with her mother (Barbara Marten) who is dealing with both dementia and schizophrenia. But is the mother really dealing with memories of a past life? When Lucy takes Isaac to see a therapist, Dr. Ruby Bennett (Meera Syal), the therapist is more concerned with Lucy’s emotional state. In the meantime, we are also drawn into the investigation of several grisly murders, which might be connected to the cold case of a missing boy. When Detectives Dhillon’s (Nikesh Patel) and Holness’ (Alex Ferns) case leads them to Lucy, and this is where I became hooked…and binged watched the entire six episodes.


The Devil’s Hour handles everything. Reincarnation, murder, time travel…but it is the amazing Peter Capaldi that holds us mesmerized the entire time. I have become a huge fan of Capaldi ever since he played the 12th Doctor Who. Capaldi plays the monster in this series, but is he really? Why is he killing people? And what is his connection to Benjamin? The series has a Sixth Sense feel to it, which will be totally understood by the end of episode six. But man, what a freaking scary ride especially with Lucy’s visions, which helps her protect a young mother from her abusive husband.

I don’t want to give away too much on this fantastic supernatural murder mystery that you can stream on Amazon Prime. You need to watch this entire series with an open mind. Sometimes we are not where we are supposed to be. Sometimes, our dreams are really memories of a past life. All I can say is that the performances from Jessica Raine and Peter Capaldi make it worth your time to watch The Devil’s Hour.

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