Gripping BBC drama The Hour has just finished its second series run, much to our disappointment – we want more! The drama centres around a team of journalists and broadcasters working for the BBC in late Fifties Britain, who in series two investigate a web of vice and corruption in Soho. As a consolation to our withdrawal symptoms we have caught up with The Hour star Lisa Greenwood, who plays giggly yet feisty production secretary Sissy Cooper.

QueensOfVintage.com: The second series of The Hour has just finished – what was it like to portray Sissy Cooper again?

Lisa Greenwood: Sissy is an amazing character to play. I hold the character quite close to my heart as I associated myself quite a lot with her in the beginning – young, Eastender just starting out at the BBC! I love playing her.

QoV: How has your character developed since the first series?

Lisa Greenwood: She’s fallen head over heels in love this season and we see her growing up quite a bit! She’s not as naive. Sissy has a think on her feet attitude, so we see her constantly growing more and more confident with her role in the office

QoV: The Hour has such excellent set design, costumes and hair and make-up – did you ever feel properly transported back to the 1950s?

Lisa Greenwood: Yes completely! I’ve found that costume, hair and makeup really help you to get into a character. I love looking in the mirror and not recognising myself anymore, it helps a lot with performance. We filmed in a town hall and nearly every room was converted into different parts of the set. It was like stepping back in time! It was amazing.

QoV: Is Sissy’s 1950s style very different from your own – and would you ever be tempted to incorporate 50s style into your own wardrobe?

Lisa Greenwood: I’m so eclectic with style and find myself picking inspiration for clothes from everything and anything but I have noticed I incorporate a lot of 50s trends into my style now. More structured dresses, and for evenings I always do the red lips and eyeliner flick. I love it!

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