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FIRST LOOK Sean Bean and Stephen Graham in new BBC One drama Time

Today, the BBC have released a first look image from Jimmy McGovern's new three-part prison drama Time.

Announced back in September, Time is a visceral and high-stakes portrayal of life in the modern British penal system, seen through the eyes of two very different men. It is a story of guilt and forgiveness, punishment and penitence and the impact that prison has on all those who pass through it.


Sean Bean stars as prisoner Mark Cobden who is consumed by guilt after accidentally killing an innocent man.


Accepting his four year sentence and separated from his family, he meets Stephen Graham's character Eric McNally, a caring prison officer doing his best to protect those in his charge, a daily challenge in this understaffed and high tension world.


However when one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice; between his principles and his family.

Time is being described as a story of guilt and forgiveness, punishment and penitence as both Eric and Mark, officer and inmate, are seemingly trapped by their pasts and unsure of their futures. But will they find the strength to move forward?


Alongside the first look image, the BBC have also revealed that Siobhan Finneran, Sue Johnston, Hannah Walters, David Calder, Nadine Marshall, Michael Socha and Aneurin Barnard will also star alongside Bean and Graham.


The series, currently filming in and around Liverpool, is directed by Lewis Arnold who directed Des on ITV which recently picked up two I Talk Telly Awards and being produced by Simon Maloney who produced Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You on BBC One.


Time will air on BBC One

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