BBC's award-winning drama Time is returning with an all-female cast as series two is set to explore life in a modern British women's prison.
The three-parter will be led by Game of Thrones and The Last of Us actor Bella Ramsey, Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker and The Long Song's Tamara Lawrance.
Happy Valley's Siobhan Finneran will be reprising her role from series one as Marie-Louise, a prison chaplain, and former confidante to Sean Bean's inmate Mark Cobden.
BBC's synopsis reads: "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), Orla (Jodie) and Abi (Tamara) 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."
Time series two is co-written by Jimmy McGovern and Helen Black for BBC One and iPlayer.
Bella said in a statement: "I'm very happy to be a part of this project, working with an incredible team and following on from a stellar first season. And it's such an honour to be Kelsey, I’m really excited to experience the world through her for a few months."
Siobhan added: “I am delighted to be returning for Time two. It was a privilege to be involved in the first series and to be asked back is an honour, the scripts are again heartbreakingly brilliant.”
Series creator and co-writer Jimmy 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."
Time series 1 starred Stephen Graham as prison guard Eric McNally and Sean as a teacher serving a sentence for a hit and run. The drama won the 2022 BAFTA for best mini-series.
Filming for series 2 will take place in and around Liverpool soon.
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