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The Trailer For BBC Prison Drama Time Is Next-Level Tense

The three-part series is a "high-stakes" portrayal of life behind bars in Britain.

Mark Cobden (SEAN BEAN), Eric McNally (STEPHEN GRAHAM) in BBC's Time
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BBC One is set to release an "emotional" and "thrilling" three-part drama about life in a British prison. Starring Game Of Thrones' Sean Bean and Boardwalk Empire's Stephen Graham, Time will see an inmate serving four years for accidentally killing a man. The first-look image has just been released and it looks as gritty as it sounds. Here's everything we know so far about BBC's new drama, Time.

Bean plays imprisoned Mark Cobden, a teacher, husband, and father, who is overcome with guilt following his crime and even welcomes his sentence. According to the official synopsis, Cobden befriends caring cop Eric McNally (played by Graham), who is trying to protect those in his charge. Per BBC One, things get dicey when one of the "most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness" and Eric "faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family."

We're yet to know how this storyline will play out but the new drama promises "a story of guilt and forgiveness, punishment, and penitence."

Time is written by acclaimed writer Jimmy McGovern and the new drama reunites Bean and Graham who also starred in McGovern's Accused. Bean says it was a "real privilege" to be have worked alongside Graham again.

“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,” he said.

Graham added: “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.”

Joining Bean and Graham in the cast is Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, The Other One), Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Downton Abbey) and Hannah Walters (This is England, Pirates of the Caribbean).

Time is currently being filmed in Liverpool. As to when it will air? BBC One has yet to confirm that, but it's definitely one to watch out for.

BBC One is set to release an “emotional” and “thrilling” three-part drama about life in a British prison. Starring Game of Thrones’s Sean Bean and Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham, Time will see an inmate serving four years for accidentally killing a man. The first-look image trailer has just been released and it looks as gritty as it sounds. Here’s everything we know so far about BBC’s new drama, Time.

When does Time air?

The Beeb have confirmed that Time will premiere on BBC One at 9 p.m. on June 6, and will be broadcast weekly. All three episodes of the series will be available to watch on iPlayer as soon as the first one airs.

What’s the plot of Time?

The series follows imprisoned Mark Cobden, a teacher, husband, and father who is overcome with guilt following his crime and welcomes his sentence. According to the official synopsis, Cobden befriends caring cop Eric McNally who is trying to protect those in his charge. Per BBC One, things get dicey when one of the “most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness” and Eric “faces an impossible choice between; between his principles and his family.”

We’re yet to know how this storyline will play out but the new drama promises “a story of guilt and forgiveness, punishment, and penitence.”

Credit: BBC/James Stack

Who’s in the cast of Time?

The cast is led by Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Snowpiercer) as Mark Cobden, with Stephen Graham (This Is England, Snatch, Little Boy Blue) as Eric McNally. Bean and Cobden are joined in Time by Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, The Other One), Sue Johnston (The Royale Family, Downton Abbey), Hannah Walters (This is England), and David Calder (Rush), among others.

What else is there to know about Time?

A trailer for the series dropped on May 21, and despite being short it sees Bean’s character been chucked into the deep end into the prison system and the lengths he’s willing to go to in order to survive his sentence.

Filmed in and around Liverpool, it’s clear there’s going to be a lot of drama over the course of Time’s three-episode run. Time is written by acclaimed writer Jimmy McGovern and the drama reunites Bean and Graham who also starred in McGoervn’s Accused. Bean says it was a “real privilege” to have worked alongside Graham again.

“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.

Graham added: “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.”

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