The BBC and BritBox North America have unveiled an exclusive first-look picture from the highly anticipated second series of Jimmy McGovern’s hit drama, Time. The three-part drama, produced by BBC Studios and co-produced by BritBox International, will once again captivate audiences with its compelling storyline set in a women’s prison.

Returning to lead the cast are acclaimed actresses Jodie Whittaker, known for her roles in Doctor Who and Broadchurch, and Bella Ramsey, recognised for her performances in The Last of Us and His Dark Materials. Joining them is Tamara Lawrance, known for her work in The Silent Twins and The Long Song. Siobhan Finneran will also reprise her role from the first series as Marie-Louise, a prison chaplain, bringing depth and familiarity to the narrative.

The second series of Time is penned by multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, known for his contributions to Broken, Cracker, and The Street, alongside Helen Black, the talented writer of BAFTA-nominated Life and Death in the Warehouse. Directing the series is Andrea Harkin, renowned for her work on The Confessions of Frannie Langton and The Trial Of Christine Keeler, ensuring a compelling and visually stunning portrayal of the characters and their stories.

Excitingly, BAFTA-award winner Sophie Willan, celebrated for Alma’s Not Normal and Still Open All Hours, has been announced as a new addition to the cast of Time series two. The talented actress will be joined by Julie Graham, Alicia Forde, Lisa Millett, Faye McKeever, Kayla Meikle, James Corrigan, Nicholas Nunn, and Maimuna Memon, forming an ensemble cast of exceptional talent.

Time series two delves into the lives of three distinct inmates, Kelsey (Bella Ramsey), Orla (Jodie Whittaker), and Abi (Tamara Lawrance), as they navigate the challenges and complexities of their shared prison experience. Amidst the ever-present threat of violence, these women discover a surprising sense of community and mutual understanding, offering a glimmer of hope within the confines of Carlingford Prison.

The second series, consisting of three one-hour episodes, is a BBC Studios production in collaboration with BritBox North America. The Liverpool Film Office, through its Liverpool City Region Production Fund, provides additional funding and support. BBC Studios will handle global distribution, ensuring that audiences worldwide will have the opportunity to witness the gripping drama.

Mark Hedges takes on the role of producer for Time series two, with Priscilla Parish, Michael Parke, and Andrew Morrissey serving as executive producers for BBC Studios. Lucy Richer represents the BBC as an executive producer, while Reemah Sakaan and Stephen Nye fulfil the same role for BritBox North America. Jimmy McGovern, the creative force behind the series, also acts as an executive producer.

Time series two is set to captivate audiences once again, as it arrives soon on BBC One and iPlayer, promising an emotionally charged and thought-provoking viewing experience. Prepare to be immersed in the gripping world of these women as their stories unfold within the confines of Carlingford Prison.