Sean Bean to star in new BBC prison drama

Sheff legend and all-round geezer Sean Bean will be teaming up with Stephen Graham to star in a gripping new prison drama from Jimmy McGovern for the BBC.

Seen through the eyes of two  different men, Time is as portrayal of life in the modern British penal system. Sean Bean takes on the role of Mark Hebden, a teacher, husband and father, who killed an innocent man in an accident. Separated from his family after accepting a four year sentence, 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 caring and honest prison officer who tries his very best to protect those in his charge – a daily challenge in this understaffed and high-tension world. When one of the most dangerous inmates spots his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family.

Sean Bean said of the drama: “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 says: “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.”

Time begins filming in Liverpool this autumn.

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