Sean Bean, Stephen Graham to star in Time

Sean Bean and Stephen Graham will star in a new three-part prison drama written by Jimmy McGovern.

Time is about life in the modern British penal system. According to the BBC, 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 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.

Speaking about the series, Sean Bean said: “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.”

Stephen Graham added: “It is an absolute honour to be working with Jimmy again, I’m feeling blessed. Of course, I am made up to be back on set with Sean.”

Filming begins in Liverpool this autumn.

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