Jimmy McGovern’s Time to film second series in Liverpool

Jimmy McGovern’s Time to film second series in Liverpool

Bella RamseySeries 2 of Jimmy McGovern’s prison drama, Time, is gearing up to film in Liverpool, with a cast headed by Bella Ramsey. 

The second series is written by McGovern and Helen Black and is set in  women’s prison.

Jodie Whittaker and Tamara Lawrance co-star, with Siobhan Finneran reprising her role from series one as Marie-Louise, a prison chaplain. 

Filming on the 3 x 60’ run begins soon, with funding and support from Liverpool Film Office. Andrea Harkin directs; Carmel Maloney produces. The executive producers are Priscilla Parish, Michael Parke and Andrew Morrissey for BBC Studios, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and McGovern. 

Series creator and co-writer McGovern said: “This is the best cast I have ever seen assembled for any drama of mine. The best crew too. I am so, so looking forward to it.”

Co-writer Helen Black added:: “To be asked to write the second season of Time with the incomparable Jimmy McGovern has been a joy and an honour.”

Lawrance noted: “Being a part of women-centred stories and productions is very important to me, as well as projects that challenge a prejudice. Time series two humanises a sector of society that is too often and easily vilified by elucidating the layered reasons why people end up in the criminal (in)justice system. I’m excited for us to platform the complexity of these characters and their experiences.”


Time 2 castCast of Time 2

Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, said: “Jimmy McGovern and Helen Black’s scripts are nothing short of extraordinary, and in Bella, Jodie and Tamara we’ve found the perfect acting talents to bring these utterly compelling central characters to life. With Siobhan Finneran reprising her role from series one and Andrea Harkin in the director’s chair, BBC viewers are in for a remarkable three hours of television.”

The first instalment of Time was a ratings and critical hit for the BBC, with an average of 11.6 million viewers across its three-part run (30-day BBC all-screens data). The series, which starred Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, won the 2022 BAFTA Television award for best mini-series.

Photo, l-r: Bella Ramsey, Jodie Whittaker, Tamara Lawrance and Siobhan Finneran.

Image credits: Bella Ramsey via Darren Gerrish; Jodie Whittaker via Pip. 

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