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Jimmy McGovern’s TIME Scoops Two BAFTAs

Sean Bean (left) walked away with the award for Best Leading Actor

The TV BAFTAs returned on Sunday 8th May, for the first full capacity ceremony since the pandemic began. It was a triumphant night for Jimmy McGovern, who’s TIME received awards for “Best Mini Series”, and “Best Leading Actor” for Sean Bean.

The series received six nominations in total, including “Best Supporting Actor” for Stephen Graham. Accepting the award for “Best Mini Series” on behalf of the cast and crew, Graham praised the social commentary of Jimmy McGovern‘s writing as well as “the phenomenal cast of young working class men” whom he acted alongside.

TIME follows Mark Cobden, played by Bean, who is sentenced to four years in prison after accidentally killing a man. Consumed by guilt, Mark openly accepts his sentence but is quickly confronted with the harsh realities of life inside. It was announced in March that the show had been renewed by the BBC for a second season, and will follow the lives of the inmates in a female prison.

Elsewhere on the night, Russel T Davies‘ generation-defining series, IT’S A SIN, was nominated for an astonishing 11 awards. It also picked up awards for “Best Director: Fiction” and “Best Editing: Fiction” at BAFTA TV craft awards.

TIME and IT’S A SIN are both currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.