Everyone is saying the same thing about BBC drama Time

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Viewers have been left reeling after BBC One drama, Time, premiered over the weekend (7 June).

The prison drama, starring Line of Duty's Stephen Graham and Game of Thrones' Sean Bean, has been met with a positive yet distinctly disturbed reaction from viewers, with one calling it, "incredible," as well as, "absolutely brutal and punishing to watch."

Time is written by Jimmy McGovern, who wrote 2010 drama, Accused, which also starred both Stephen and Sean. The acting duo have reunited to tell the story of two men who each have dramatically different experiences of prison.


Sean plays the role of first-time offender and former school principal Mark Cobden, who is consumed by guilt while serving a four-year sentence for drink-driving. On the other side of the narrative is prison officer Eric McNally (Stephen Graham) who is pushed to his limit when he hears that his son has been imprisoned in another correctional facility.

The first episode was definitely not short on drama, or violence. So much so, one viewer described it as, "unbelievably grim," before adding that the show, "really communicates the oppression, violence and alienation of prison life. Sean Bean is utterly superb, the script and direction are excellent. But it's so powerful and true-to-life that it's almost unwatchable."

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Here's some more of the viewers' reactions:

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Many also praised Sean and Stephen for their performances in the gritty drama:

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Some eagle-eyed viewers even spotted a familiar face, namely Tommy Hunter the OCG boss from season one of Line of Duty, which Stephen has also starred in.

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Small world, eh?

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