This is huge news, not only for two of my all-time favourite actors, but also an insightful and top class writer, for something that’s sure to hit home with truth and stretch the heartstrings in equal measure.
Time will star Sean Bean and Stephen Graham to lead a new prison drama from Jimmy McGovern for BBC One. It’ll be a three-part series, is produced by BBC Studios Production, and is set to begin filming in Liverpool this Autumn. Here’s some official insight:
Seen through the eyes of two very different men, Time is a visceral and high-stakes portrayal of life in the modern British penal system. It is a story of guilt and forgiveness, punishment and penitence and the impact that prison has on all those who pass through it. Time is emotional and thrilling, showcasing the performances of two of Britain’s finest and best-loved actors.
Sean Bean takes on the role of Mark Hebden, a teacher, husband and father, who killed an innocent man in an accident. Consumed by guilt, he accepts and even welcomes his four year sentence. Separated from his family, he has no idea what to expect in this unforgiving new environment and needs to learn quickly how to survive.
Stephen Graham is Eric Reid, a prison officer. Caring and honest, Eric tries his very best to protect those in his charge, something which is a daily challenge in this understaffed and high tension world. When one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family.
Both Eric and Mark, officer and inmate, are seemingly trapped by their pasts and unsure of their futures. Each has to not only survive, but to find the strength and the way to move forward.
Writer McGovern had this to say:
“The BBC have given me a brilliant young director and two of the greatest actors on the planet. I am overjoyed.”
“Getting to be involved in a Jimmy McGovern drama again is a real privilege and it will be great to be reunited with Stephen. Mark Hebden is another of Jimmy’s complex and superbly-written characters and I am looking forward to bringing him to life on screen.”
“It is an absolute honour to be working with Jimmy again, I’m feeling blessed. I’m excited to be working with Lewis as I have heard so many incredible things about him as a director, I can’t wait to get stuck in. Of course, I am made up to be back on set with Sean.”
Directed by Lewis Arnold, who’ll also be directing David Tennant in Des which is out next week, expect high drama and top drawer performances, I really wouldn’t expect anything less with those three at the centre of everything.