Time series 2 - Tamara Lawrance as Abi Cochrane, Bella Ramsey as Kelsey Morgan & Jodie Whittaker as Orla O'Riordan

Time series two – Jodie Whittaker and Bella Ramsey lead the cast (updated)

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Jimmy McGovern’s Time returns, focussing on life behind bars in a modern women’s prison. 

Updated 27/09/23: The BBC have now released a number of further images from Time series two.

They present the familiar faces of Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) and Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us) in an entirely new light.

Jodie Whittaker as Orla
Jodie Whittaker as Orla
Bella Ramsey as Kelsey Morgan
Bella Ramsey as Kelsey Morgan
Tamara Lawrance as Abi Cochrane
Tamara Lawrance as Abi Cochrane

The story follows three inmates who arrive on the same day through their prison experience. It’s described as a “… moving and high-stakes portrayal of life inside a women’s prison.” There are further images on the BBC website.

The series runs for 3 hour-long episodes and comes to BBC One and BBC iPlayer this Autumn.

Updated 14/06/23: There’s a first image of the three lead characters from Time Series Two. Jimmy McGovern’s awarded winning show returns with its second run set behind the walls of a women’s prison.

Leaning against a prison yard fence, we meet Bella Ramsay’s Kelsey, Tamara Lawrance’s Abi and Jodie Whittaker as Orla.

Time Series 2 - Bella Ramsay, Tamara Lawrance & Jodie Whittaker

In addition to the new image, a slew of further names have been added to the cast. These include Sophie Willan (Alma’s Not Normal), Julie Graham (Shetland), Alicia Forde (Waterloo Road) Lisa Millett (The A Word) Faye McKeever (Des), Kayla Meikle (The Capture), James Corrigan (This Is Going to Hurt), Nicholas Nunn (SAS Rogue Heroes) and Maimuna Memon (Sherwood).

We’ll keep you posted on Time – Series two is billed as “coming soon” to BBC One and iPlayer.

Original article (of 14/04/23) follows…

Time series two – Jodie Whittaker and Bella Ramsey lead the cast

Casting for the second series of Time has been officially announced by the BBC. The first series of the show, which starred Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, scored impressive audience figures. It also pocketed the BAFTA for best mini-series too.

Series two, however, takes a different tack and explores the prison experience from a female point of view. The three-part drama will star Jodie Whittaker, Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us) and Tamara Lawrence.

Time series two cast - Bella Ramsay, Jodie Whittaker, Tamara Lawrance & Siobhan Finneran
Bella Ramsay (Image: Darren Gerrish), Jodie Whittaker (Image: Pip), Tamara Lawrance, and Siobhan Finneran

Additionally, Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley) reprises her role from series one as Marie-Louise, a prison chaplain.

Here’s the premise for Time series two:

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 Ramsey), Orla (Jodie Whittaker) and Abi (Tamara Lawrance) 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.

Jodie Whittaker says:

“Time was such an incredible and powerful show created by an extraordinary team, and being a part of this project in its second iteration is an absolute dream.”

Bella Ramsey says:

“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.”

Time series two is co-written by McGovern and Helen Black (Life and Death in the Warehouse). The series director is Andrea Harkin (The Trial of Christine Keeler) and the producer is Carmel Maloney (Dublin Murders). The executive producers are Priscilla Parish, Michael Parke and Andrew Morrissey (BBC Studios), Lucy Richer (BBC), and Jimmy McGovern.

Filming is due to take place in and around Liverpool too soon. It’s made by BBC Studios for BBC One and iPlayer, where series one is still available to stream.

We’ll keep you posted on Time.