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Bella Ramsey, Jodie Whittaker and Tamara Lawrance join the second series of BBC One drama Time

The second series, co-written by Jimmy McGovern and Helen Black, promises to be a moving and high-stakes portrayal of life inside a women's prison and also sees Siobhan Finneran return.

Following the huge success of the first series of Jimmy McGovern's Time, which starred Stephen Graham and Sean Bean, is returning for a second series, this time written by McGovern and Helen Black.

Today, the BBC has announced casting for the new three-part series will tell an original new story, told through the lens of three very different inmates.

Series two of Time will explore life in a modern British women’s prison and promises to be a moving and high-stakes portrayal of life inside a women’s prison, led by Bella Ramsey, Jodie Whittaker and Tamara Lawrance as Kelsey, Orla and Abi, with Siobhan Finneran reprising her role from series one as Marie-Louise, a prison chaplain.

Arriving at Carlingford Prison on the same day, Kelsey, Orla and Abi are thrown together to face an unfamiliar world. But even with the ever-present threat of violence within its walls, they discover that an unexpected sense of community, and a shared understanding, still might be possible.

Speaking about joining Time as Kelsey, Bella Ramsey said "I’m very happy to be a part of this project, working with an incredible team and following on from a stellar first season. And it’s such an honour to be Kelsey, I’m really excited to experience the world through her for a few months."

To which Jodie Whittaker, speaking about playing Orla, added "Time was such an incredible and powerful show created by an extraordinary team, and being a part of this project in its second iteration is an absolute dream."

And Tamara Lawrance said "Being a part of women-centred stories and productions is very important to me, as well as projects that challenge a prejudice. Time series two humanises a sector of society that is too often and easily vilified by elucidating the layered reasons why people end up in the criminal (in)justice system. I’m excited for us to platform the complexity of these characters and their experiences."

On returning to the same role she played in series one, Siobhan Finneran said "I am delighted to be returning for Time two. It was a privilege to be involved in the first series and to be asked back is an honour, the scripts are again heartbreakingly brilliant."

Speaking about the show's casting, series creator and co-writer Jimmy McGovern said "This is the best cast I have ever seen assembled for any drama of mine. The best crew too. I am so, so looking forward to it."

To which co-writer Helen Black added "To be asked to write the second season of Time with the incomparable Jimmy McGovern has been a joy and an honour."

Executive Producer for BBC Studios, Andrew Morrissey, said "It’s always a privilege to be working with Jimmy. He writes stories and characters with such emotional complexity. Working in collaboration with Helen Black and directed by Andrea Harkin, we’re incredibly excited to introduce an audience to a new world and new stories."

To which Director of BBC Drama, Lindsay Salt, added "Jimmy McGovern and Helen Black’s scripts are nothing short of extraordinary, and in Bella, Jodie and Tamara we’ve found the perfect acting talents to bring these utterly compelling central characters to life. With Siobhan Finneran reprising her role from series one and Andrea Harkin in the director’s chair, BBC viewers are in for a remarkable three hours of television."

The new series of Time will be directed by Andrea Harkin and produced by Carmel Maloney with executive producers; Priscilla Parish, Michael Parke and Andrew Morrissey for BBC Studios, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Jimmy McGovern.

Filming will take place in and around Liverpool soon and has secured funding and support through the Liverpool Film Office with global distribution being handled by BBC Studios.

Time will return on BBC One


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