Time | BBC | Made in Liverpool

It’s Time.

Liverpool’s own prolific screenwriter, Jimmy McGovern returns to prime-time TV series drama with a three-part prison drama; Time, starring two of Britain’s biggest on screen talents; Sean Bean and Stephen Graham.

Directed by Lewis Arnold (Des) and produced by BBC Studios; Time, which is now available in full on BBC iPlayer, was filmed across the city region and was the first prime-time production to receive investment and support from the Liverpool Film Office’s LCR Production Fund, using funding from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.



Watch the trailer for BBC’s Time below.

Watch Time on demand now

All three episodes are available now on BBC iPlayer here.


Q&A – Jimmy McGovern, Stephen Graham, Lewis Arnold, Hannah Walters

Q&A from BBC North with Creator Jimmy McGovern, Director Lewis Arnold and actors Stephen Graham and Hannah Walters

Watch the Q&A on Liverpool Film Office’s Facebook page here.

Interview: Stephen Graham & Hannah Walters on the Chris Moyles show

BBC’s TIME stars Stephen Graham and Hannah Walters join Chris Moyles on Radio X for an extensive interview

Watch Stephen Graham and Hannah Walters join Chris Moyles on Radio X’s Facebook page here.

PODCAST: Jimmy McGovern & Executive Producer, Tom Sherry

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The production saw McGovern re-team with Sean Bean for a third time, after the latter’s BAFTA-winning performance as a troubled priest in Broken, and with Stephen Graham who also starred in the writer’s international Emmy-winning Accused back in 2010.

PICTURED: Sean Bean as Mark Cobden (left) and Stephen Graham as Eric McNally (right)

In addition to Stephen Graham, Time is packed with powerful performances from a sensational supporting cast, including many Scouse talents.

PICTURED: Hannah Walters as Sonia McNally (left), Sue Johnston as June Cobden (centre), Siobhan Finneran as Marie-Louise (right)

Despite being set within a male prison – the women steal the scenes more than once! (Watch out for Sue Johnston in episode 3!)

Hannah is Stephen Graham’s real-life wife, but is an actor in her own right with roles in This is England ’86 & ’88 and ’90, Whitechapel, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more under her belt.

Brookside, The Royle Family, Coronation Street, Waking the Dead, Downton Abbey, Sue Johnston is Liverpool and UK acting royalty. She plays Sean Bean’s character’s mother, June, in Time.

Meet the inmates

PICTURED: Jack McMullen as Daniel (left), Paddy Rowan as David McNally (centre left), Bobby Schofield as Baz (centre right) James Nelson-Joyce as Johnno (right)

Jack McMullen stars as Daniel, Mark Cobden’s (Sean Bean) cellmate. Jack is used to sharing the screen with big names; recently working alongside Hollywood A-listers Matt Damon and Christian Bale in the Oscar-winning Ford v Ferrari.

Read about Jack’s career highlights so far in a great interview with YMLiverpool.

You may recognise Paddy Rowan from Little Boy Blue, but this time Stephen Graham is fighting to protect him. David McNally is at the centre of development of the story – he’s prison guard Eric McNally’s son and he just so happens to be an inmate at a different prison.

Bobby Schofield stars as Baz, an inmate whose reputation risks making him a target to more dangerous prisoners. You may recognise Bobby from when he played Clover in the Tom Holland film Cherry, and Tobin in Black Sea.

James Nelson-Joyce turns in another memorable (scary) performance, this time as a violent inmate who arrives at a similar time to Mark Cobden, and gives him a particuarly difficult time. You may recognise him from The Virtues, World On Fire and Little Boy Blue. He’s currently making The Offenders opposite Stephen Merchant and Christopher Walken.

Read more about James’ journey in an interesting interview with Liverpool ECHO.

PICTURED: Terence Maynard as Kavanagh (left), Dean Fagan as Stevie (centre left), Aneurin Barnard as Bernard (centre right), Brian McCardie as Jackson Jones (right)

You may recognise Liverpudlian, Terence Maynard from his time on Coronation Street, along with Dean Fagan.

Aneurin Barnard makes a change from his loveable performance as Bobby Willis in Cilla, to Bernard, Sean Bean’s first, chilling cellmate.

The Scouse talent doesn’t stop there, with Kevin Harvey, Lee Morris, Shaun Mason, John May and Philip Barantini, who also directed Stephen Graham in his new feature film Boiling Point, all steal the spotlight.

TikTokers may recognise Lee Morris from his popular account, but Morris also appeared in another Jimmy McGovern drama, Anthony (BBC). Read more from when The Guide Liverpool spoke to Morris and more LMA students here.


How Merseyside special effects expert, Davy Jones gave Sean Bean his horrific injuries.

Via The Guide Liverpool here.


Filming took place over four months in late 2020, with locations across Liverpool City Region including the Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee Bridges, Southport Pier, and Mount Pleasant Car Park.

The wings and cells of HMP Craigmore were filmed at real-life former prison, HM Prison Shrewsbury, which was decommissioned back in 2013, but Liverpool provided a whole host of interior locations across the region including a mash up of court rooms, police stations and educational establishments to form parts of the prison and make a seemless blend between the locations.



Despite being labelled as a ‘hard watch,’ Time has been by critics as “profoundly moving” and described as a “necessary lesson” about the UK penal system.


Time premiered on BBC One on Sunday 6 June at 9pm, locking down a brilliant reception.

5.1m households tuned in to the premiere, securing a 31.9% share of the according to Broadcast.


5* – The Guardian – “astonishing. Time well spent.”

4* – Radio Times – “brutal, must-watch television.

4* – Evening Standard – “essential viewing.”

4* – Metro – “hard watch – but worth every minute.”

4* – iNews – “harrowing in this heartbreaking, fearless prison drama.”

4* – Digital Spy – “worth watching for their performances alone



Look at this incredible artwork from local artist BRUTAL Posters (Chris Barnes), commissioned by the production team to celebrate TIME.

LCR Production Fund

TIME is one of six productions to have received investment and support from Liverpool Film Office through it’s LCR Production Fund, using funding from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

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