A prisoner consumed by guilt, an officer with an impossible choice. What does it take to survive?

A tense story of punishment and principles, starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, Jimmy McGovern’s highly-anticipated three-part BBC One drama, Time, is centred around life within the British penal system and the moral dilemmas faced by those living and working within it.

Time was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer. It will be directed and executive produced by Lewis Arnold and produced by Simon Maloney. Tom Sherry and Michael Parke will executive produce for BBC Studios and Lucy Richer for the BBC.

Reviews: The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Standard, Radio Times.

“The performances of Bean and Graham are astonishing. So too, are those from everyone in smaller roles, none of which is underwritten or sketchy, and who thicken the drama into something more profoundly moving and enraging at every turn. Time well spent.”
– The Guardian 5*

“striking direction from Lewis Arnold, ensures that these three hour-long episodes are difficult but essential viewing”
– Evening Standard 4*

“The direction in these depressing, realistic early scenes was top-notch.”
– The Times 4*

“Under the gaze of director Lewis Arnold, every line, every flicker of emotion on those two famous faces is pushed to the fore… BBC One prison drama is brutal, must-watch television.”
– Radio Times 4*