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BBC announces Bella Ramsey, Jodie Whittaker, Tamara Lawrance and Siobhan Finneran for Series 2 of Jimmy McGovern’s TIME

Left to right – Bella Ramsay (Image: Darren Gerrish), Jodie Whittaker (Image: Pip), Tamara Lawrance, and Siobhan Finneran

The BBC has announced casting for the second series of Jimmy McGovern’s multi award-winning hit drama TIME. Returning to explore life in a modern British women’s prison, the three-part drama will be led by Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us, His Dark Materials), Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) and Tamara Lawrance (The Silent Twins, The Long Song) as Kelsey, Orla and Abi, with Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, Downton Abbey) reprising her role from series one as Marie-Louise, a prison chaplain.

TIME series two is co-written by Jimmy McGovern (Broken, Cracker, The Street) and Helen Black, the writer of the now BAFTA-nominated Life and Death in the Warehouse, and is made by BBC Studios for BBC One and iPlayer.

An original new story told through the lens of three very different inmates, TIME is a moving and high-stakes portrayal of life inside a women’s prison. Arriving at Carlingford Prison on the same day, Kelsey (Bella Ramsey), Orla (Jodie Whittaker) and Abi (Tamara Lawrance) are thrown together to face an unfamiliar world. But even with the ever-present threat of violence within its walls, they discover that an unexpected sense of community, and a shared understanding, still might be possible. (Source: BBC)

The first season of Jimmy McGovern’s TIME starred Sean Bean and Stephen Graham and received widespread critical acclaim for its depiction of the harsh realities of life in prison. The series received BAFTAs for Best Mini-Series and Best Actor. It is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.