Time: Bean and Graham to lead new BBC series from Cracker creator

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 Stephen Graham and Sean Bean will reunite for the new BBC One drama show…

A decade after they shared the screen in Jimmy McGovern’s acclaimed series Accused, Stephen Graham and Sean Bean are getting back together for a new three-part BBC One drama project with the screenwriter, which is described as “a high-stakes portrayal of life in the modern British penal system, seen through the eyes of two very different men.”

In Time, Bean will play Mark Hebden, “a teacher, husband and father, who killed an innocent man in an accident,” according to Deadline. “Consumed by guilt, he accepts and even welcomes his four-year sentence. Separated from his family, he has no idea what to expect in this unforgiving new environment and needs to learn quickly how to survive.”

Graham, meanwhile, will star as prison officer Eric Reid. “Caring and honest, Eric tries his very best to protect those in his charge, something which is a daily challenge in this understaffed and high-tension world. When one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family.”

“The BBC have given me a brilliant young director and two of the greatest actors on the planet,” said Cracker creator McGovern in a statement. “I am overjoyed.”

“Getting to be involved in a Jimmy McGovern drama again is a real privilege and it will be great to be reunited with Stephen,” said Bean. “Mark Hebden is another of Jimmy’s complex and superbly-written characters and I am looking forward to bringing him to life on screen.”

Graham added “It is an absolute honour to be working with Jimmy again, I’m feeling blessed. I’m excited to be working with Lewis as I have heard so many incredible things about him as a director, I can’t wait to get stuck in. Of course, I am made up to be back on set with Sean.”

More soon.