BBC announces launch date and releases first trailer for Time, starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham

The first trailer, new pictures and launch date for Time, a new drama by Jimmy McGovern, have been released by the BBC.

Published: 2:00 pm, 21 May 2021
Updated: 12:34 pm, 21 May 2021

The three-part series starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham will air weekly on BBC One from Sunday 6 June at 9pm, with the full series available as a boxset on BBC iPlayer once episode 1 has aired.

Time also stars Siobhan Finneran, Sue Johnston, Hannah Walters, David Calder, Nadine Marshall, Michael Socha, Aneurin Barnard, Jack McMullen and James Nelson-Joyce.

Time: Stephen Graham & Sean Bean

Mark Cobden (Sean Bean) is newly imprisoned, consumed by guilt for his crime, and way out of his depth in the volatile world of prison life. He meets Eric McNally (Stephen Graham), an excellent prison officer doing his best to protect those in his charge. However, when one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice; between his principles and his family.

TIME: Sean Bean

Sean Bean and Stephen Graham star as two men on the edge in this emotional and thrilling portrayal of life in a British prison. What does it take to survive?


Time is made by BBC Studios Production for the BBC. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer. It is directed by Lewis Arnold and executive produced by Tom Sherry and Michael Parke for BBC Studios Production and Lucy Richer for the BBC alongside Jimmy McGovern, Sean Bean and Stephen Graham. The producer is Simon Maloney and the series is distributed internationally by BBC Studios.


Time was filmed in and around Liverpool, and secured funding and support from the Liverpool Film Office through the LCR Production Fund.