Graham and Bean team up for new McGovern drama filmed in Liverpool

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Filming will begin in Liverpool this Autumn on a new BBC drama based in a prison starring Liverpool’s Stephen Graham and Game of Thrones star Sean Bean. 

‘Time’ is written by multi Bafta award winner Jimmy McGovern and is described as “a visceral and high-stakes portrayal of life in the modern British penal system.”

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.”

Graham is Eric Reid, a prison officer who “tries his very best to protect those in his charge, something which is a daily challenge in this understaffed and high-tension world.”

McGovern said: “The BBC have given me a brilliant young director and two of the greatest actors on the planet. I am overjoyed.”

Bean added: “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 said it was "an absolute honour to be working with Jimmy again" and that he was "made up to be back on set with Sean.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “Jimmy has a unique style of creating thought-provoking dramas which tell raw and emotional stories, and Time is exactly that. With Sean and Stephen in lead roles, Jimmy and Lewis behind the camera, Time is a shining example of British drama talent at its best.”