Sean Bean Prison Drama 'Time' to Premiere on Britbox in August

Sean Bean in "Time" (Photo: Britbox)

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 15:00:01 on 21/05/2021 - Programme Name: Time - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 2) - Picture Shows: Mark Cobden (SEAN BEAN) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Stack

WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Service (BBC Pictures) as set out at In particular, this image may only be published by a registered User of BBC Pictures for editorial use for the purpose of publicising the relevant BBC programme, personnel or activity during the Publicity Period which ends three review weeks following the date of transmission and provided the BBC and the copyright holder in the caption are credited. For any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising and commercial, prior written approval from the copyright holder will be required.

Critically acclaimed BBC drama Time is officially coming to America this summer by way of streaming platform Britbox.

Written by BAFTA winner Jimmy McGovern (Accused, Moving On), the three-part series is a powerful exploration of prison life, punishment, and penitence. Time reteams McGovern with two of his Accused stars, Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, who play a prisoner and a corrections officer, respectively. 

The story centers on these two men, Mark Cobden (Bean) and Eric McNally (Graham). Mark is a fairly average husband and father - except he's responsible for the death of an innocent man. He welcomes his four-year prison sentence as penance for his crime and hopes that it will help alleviate his guilt over what he did. But, as a former teacher, he makes an easy target for the more ruthless inmates in the prison. 

Eric is a dedicated officer, doing his best to protect those in his charge at an institution that is understaffed and full of tension. But when one of the prisoners threatens to hurt someone Eric loves, this honest man is faced with an impossible choice.

Two ordinary men - an inmate and an officer - both trapped by mistakes anyone could have made. Will Mark be able to find the forgiveness he seeks? Does Eric have any choice but to betray everything he believes in? And is the current prison system helping or harming those who are part of it?

Watch the trailer for yourselves below. 

Other familiar faces in the Time cast include costars include Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen), Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), Sue Johnston (Waking the Dead), Cal MacAninch (The Victim), James Nelson-Joyce (Little Boy Blue), and Hannah Walters (Whitechapel), among others.

Time premieres as a Britbox Original Series on Tuesday, August 17. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

More to Love from Telly Visions