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Re: Time
« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2020, 02:14:32 AM »
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Re: Time
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2020, 12:02:38 PM »
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And that’s a wrap on #Time
The awesomely talented @known_as_unknown did this commission for me to celebrate this incredible cast and crew getting through the most difficult 9 week shoot under unique and extreme circumstances!
Big love to our amazing cast and crew!
 

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Re: Time
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2021, 02:11:39 PM »
Best new TV dramas in 2021 including Killing Eve, Marcella and Line of Duty
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Time, BBC1, autumn

This prison thriller from Jimmy McGovern should deliver his usual gritty, visceral drama.

Sean Bean and Stephen Graham lead the three-parter, looking at guilt forgiveness, and punishment through the eyes of two very different men.

Bean plays a teacher who killed a man by accident, while Stephen plays a prison officer – but quite frankly, we’d watch these two doing nothing.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/top-tv-coming-2021-pembrokeshire-23256000


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Re: Time
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2021, 01:16:15 PM »
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From one sort of lock down to another. Have just wrapped on TIME - a really fantastic BBC drama coming soon from #jimmymcgovernisagenius
Keep safe everyone, keep strong.

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Re: Time
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2021, 05:04:04 PM »
TIME in Post Production
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Jimmy McGovern’s prison drama Time is now in post production. 
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Re: Time
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2021, 07:48:46 AM »
“Time” at Virtual BBC Studios Showcase 2021
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Now its 45th year, the event — which normally takes place in Liverpool across five days — is fully digital due to the pandemic. Independent British producers and BBC executives will present a range of new TV projects available to acquire and partner on to the world’s leading content buyers.

Several shows are making their debut at the Showcase. BAFTA-winning writer Jimmy McGovern’s BBC Studios prison drama “Time” stars Sean Bean (“Game Of Thrones”) and Stephen Graham (“Line Of Duty”).

The Showcase takes place Feb. 22-24.
https://variety.com/2021/tv/global/bbc-studios-showcase-2021-1234886489/?fbclid=IwAR2JKkoXdguizN7SyvtAV3MqH6ycCUxvitv_9HIED4GaDeIOsWmV4Bt23KA


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Re: Time
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2021, 02:27:53 PM »
Snowpiercer's Sean Bean says "it's hard to switch off" from filming "brutal" BBC drama
"It's kind of intense physically and mentally."
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Snowpiercer's Sean Bean has admitted that "it's hard to switch off" when filming the BBC's new "brutal" drama Time.

A three-part series directed by Lewis Arnold (Des, Broadchurch, Humans), Time follows the guilt-ridden character of Mark Cobden (Bean), who's serving a four-year prison sentence for killing an innocent man.

Separated from his family, Mark befriends the nice-natured guard Eric McNally (Stephen Graham), who does his best to protect those behind the bars.

However, when one of the most dangerous prisoners identifies Eric's kindness as a weakness, Mark is forced into a difficult position.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Bean opened up about his physically and mentally "intense" role, admitting it's hard to switch off after filming a heavy scene.

"I can usually do that quite easily, but this is very bleak," he said. "It's kind of intense physically and mentally. It's hard to switch off sometimes, especially if you've done a heavy scene, and it's very emotional. That's a bit tricky to turn off."

He added: "I'm usually quite good at, as you said, switching off. And I do, most of the time. But there are some things in this that are so emotionally charged, so heartfelt and brutal, that it's difficult to rid yourself of that straight away. You just need a little bit of time."

Time will air on BBC One later this year.
https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/a35354275/snowpiercer-sean-bean-bbc-drama-time/

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Re: Time
« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2021, 01:42:19 PM »
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Bafta-winning writer Jimmy McGovern and executive producer Tom Sherry tell DQ about partnering with stars Sean Bean and Stephen Graham on Time, a prison-set drama in which an inmate and an officer contemplate guilt and forgiveness.

For his latest series, Bafta-winning writer Jimmy McGovern has reunited with stars Sean Bean and Stephen Graham for a story about guilt, forgiveness, punishment and penitence set inside a British prison.

Three-parter Time sees Bean play Mark Hebden, a teacher, husband and father who kills an innocent man in an accident. Facing up to his four-year sentence, he has no idea what to expect behind bars and finds he must quickly learn how to survive. Meanwhile, Graham plays Eric Reid, a prison officer who faces an impossible choice between his family and his principles when one of the prison’s most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness.

Known for writing both characterful, often issue-led drama (Care, The Street, Accused, Moving On) and dramatisations of real-life events (Hillsborough, Sunday), McGovern says it was “the Catholic in me” that led him to want to tell a story about atonement and a man stuck in prison facing up to the events that led him there.

“Those flashbacks keep on coming and Mark sees them as part of the atonement process, and then he realises they’re not, they’re just a constant reminder that you need to atone,” McGovern tells DQ. “But how do you atone stuck in a prison, locked up 23 hours a day? There’s nothing you can do to atone but you still need to. Then the Stephen Graham story is always one I love. It’s a man who will do anything, anything at all for his family, and is called upon to do it.”

“Mark is somebody who made a mistake that he could have avoided but will regret forever more,” continues executive producer Tom Sherry. “Eric’s story is about somebody who makes a decision that was outside of his control and ultimately, yes, we all have choices, but sometimes the choices are so equally flawed that you can’t win. That was an interesting parallel in terms of what the two characters find themselves doing.”

As his personal officer, Eric builds a relationship with Mark that is particularly notable for the fact that Eric is an honest and caring guard, unlike many of the familiar authoritarian figures seen in other films and television series set in prison.

“The more research I did, the more I was constantly looking around for bad prison officers,” admits McGovern. “I’ve never been in prison. I’ve visited lots of prisons in my life and done lots of workshops there, but I’ve never been in there as an inmate. But I was constantly looking out for these bad prison officers and didn’t see one. They all seem to be pretty decent people trying to do the best they can.”

For Sherry, that meant the series could offer up a fresh storytelling dynamic and challenge misconceived perceptions of prison guards.

“It makes it more engaging to go, ‘Actually, they are good people in a difficult set of circumstances,’” he says. “And similarly, Mark is ultimately a good man who has made an unforgivable mistake. We didn’t want to show a career criminal but show an everyman. Mark represents that as well.”

McGovern believes Time also stands out from other prison dramas by the number of scenes spent inside Mark’s cell, rather than in communal areas or the canteen. “I don’t know of any British prison in which that actually happens, but it’s constantly shown on the screen: people sitting down in the canteen and eating,” he notes. “In reality, they take the food to their cell, one person would sit on a bunk and the other guy sits on the lavatory and that’s how they eat. So an awful lot of our stuff takes place in cells, probably a lot more than in typically American prison dramas.”

In the hands of another writer, characters like Mark and Eric might have had their stories play out in another setting. But it was McGovern’s particular interest in the power struggles within prisons that led him to set the miniseries in that particular environment.

“If you’re being picked upon in prison, the only way to stop being picked upon is to tell a prison officer. But if you tell a prison officer in a British prison you’re being picked upon, you’ll be picked upon even more,” he states. “There is no way out of it, so that’s the fascination of the ordinary life in a British prison. You do not grass. This guy Mark is a teacher, he’d never use the word ‘grassing,’ but this is a lesson he learns very early on that you simply do not grass. You cannot grass, you cannot inform, you cannot put your hand up and say, ‘I am being mercilessly persecuted here.’ You cannot do it. He has to sort it out for himself.

“I’m constantly fascinated by what happens if a big man takes your food. I’ve written that quite a few times and we see an element of that in Time. A big man simply comes along and takes Mark’s food. What does he do? He cannot put his hand up and tell somebody.”

Sherry describes prison life as a “world within a world,” a complete society where everything you need exists behind the high walls and towering gates. “There are many of them in almost every big city around the country and yet most of us don’t know about it,” he says. “It’s a world we don’t get to see. This was a really fascinating opportunity to see how you can boil society down to a very distilled and small, contained environment and then see how it operates.”

McGovern says he has carried the story of Time with him for a while, writing the series over the course of two years as his initial plans for a six-part series were whittled down to the final, leaner, three-episode format.

The best advice I’ve ever heard is if you want a great five-parter, commission six and throw the first one in the bin,” he reveals. “Often the first episode in any drama series is always a waste of space.” He also jokes that very little of his time in his office is spent writing, likening it to a striker in a football match who might touch the ball for 30 seconds in a 90-minute game.

“Years ago, I did have set hours,” he recalls. “I would start work at 9am and finish at six. These days I’m getting lazy and tired. I do come into the office in the morning and leave it in the early evening, but in the course of that, God knows what happens. I check emails, I’ve got a lovely lawn. When I should be writing, I’m tending that lawn. I do all the things I shouldn’t do.”

The writer previously worked with Bean and Graham in his anthology series Accused, in which each episode follows a different character as they await their verdict in court, revealing the story of how they got there. They both appeared in an episode called Tracie’s Story, in which teacher Simon (Bean)’s transvestite alter ego Tracie becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle involving Tony (Graham). Both actors have also appeared in other McGovern series, Graham in The Street and Bean in Broken.

I just love working with the pair of them,” he exclaims. “If you look at an actor, what you want to see is humanity. I don’t think there’s any actor in the country with more humanity than those two guys, and the older they get, the more you see it. They have lived their lives. They’ve sunk a few pints, you can see it and they are so human. That’s what I love about them. The two of them are technically absolutely brilliant. But they have humanity written in every crease of their faces. That’s the thing I like.

“There is an irony that the two of them have played tough guys lots of times, really hard men, real tough guys, but their best work is when they’re vulnerable. They are just so moving when vulnerable.”


As executive producers, both actors also supported the production behind the scenes, with Graham particularly involved in casting. Their co-stars include Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley), Sue Johnston (The Royle Family), Hannah Walters (This is England), David Calder (The World Is Not Enough), Nadine Marshall (Small Axe), Michael Socha (This is England), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk) and Jack McMulllen (The First Team).

“They both cared passionately about making sure this piece happened and they knew their involvement and their commitment to the project would ultimately improve its chances of happening,” Sherry says. “When we were going through the problems of Covid and rescheduling and all of that, having them there not just us as actors but as part of the production gave them an opportunity to show their investment in us.”

Produced and distributed by BBC Studios, the series was gearing up for pre-production in March last year when plans were put on hold as the UK went into its first lockdown, leaving the production team to reschedule the 12-week shoot for later in the year. Filming did eventually start in Shrewsbury, where scenes in the prison wing and Mark’s cell were shot, before the cameras moved to Liverpool to create the rest of the prison with a mash-up of courtrooms, police stations and education buildings.

“At one stage Jimmy told me he’d written a piece that’s just set in one location, so what’s my problem?” Sherry says. “But there’s a lot more to it than just one place. And the reality is that there aren’t many prisons available because they are being used. Obviously, because of Covid, we couldn’t go anywhere near those. When we did various prison visits and spoke to officers, there’s so much more to it than the Porridge-type version, which is just a cell and a wing. That was something we wanted to include in the piece, so finding that was quite a challenge.”

But filming during the pandemic was “quite unlike any other filming experience I’ve every been through,” admits Sherry, BBC Studios’ head of drama north. “It was really tough, I won’t deny it. Filming is normally problem-solving on the hoof and a collective team effort. This took it to another level in terms of what the problems were. Thankfully, we had a brilliant script, unbelievable cast and the best crew I’ve ever worked with. If we didn’t have those elements, we would have found it far harder.”

Speaking to DQ ahead of the BBC Studios Showcase that will launch the series to international buyers before its BBC1 launch later this year, McGovern pitches Time as a gripping story that speaks to the human condition.

“Dostoevsky says don’t judge a society by how it treats its successful people, you judge it by how it treats its criminals,” he says. “Prisons in this country are a disgrace and they need reform.”

“That’s no reflection on the genuinely kind-hearted, spirited souls who are trying to run the prison,” Sherry says. “Siobhan Finneran’s character is a great element of this story as an individual trying to make a difference, and we do see that in the story. Anybody watching it couldn’t help but be moved by the emotional journey we take, not just with our lead characters but with some of the other characters as well. I would hope that anybody watching it would see that.”
http://dramaquarterly.com/serving-time/

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Re: Time
« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2021, 04:14:38 PM »
Sue Johnston, 77, is cast as 61-year-old Sean Bean's mother in new prison drama... 30 years after she played his lover in Inspector Morse - as she hits out at the sexism older women face in casting

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The last time they appeared on screen together, Sue Johnston and Sean Bean were lovers.

Now, 30 years on, they have been cast as mother and son – prompting the actress to hit out at the sexism facing older women in showbusiness.

'That's what happens to actresses in the theatre or TV business,' she complained. 'Men stay the same and women get to be mothers.'

 The pair first acted together in a 1992 episode of Inspector Morse, in which Bean played a convicted fraudster and Johnston was his wife.

 But while in the forthcoming BBC1 drama Time, Bean, 61, again plays a jailbird, this time 77-year-old Johnston is his mum.

The actress, best known for starring in Brookside and The Royle Family, says the news is typical of how actresses must age into older roles, while their male co-stars can remain in similar parts.

In a candid interview with the Soap From The Box podcast, Johnston said: 'I've just done this new drama called Time. It's a Jimmy McGovern prison drama, just brilliant, three-parter, as all Jimmy's are, and it's with Sean Bean, among others, and Stephen Graham.

'I play Sean Bean's mother. Now, the last time I worked with Sean in Inspector Morse, I was his lover and now I'm his mother. And that's what happens to actresses.'

Her accusations of sexism and ageism are likely to prompt unease at BBC Studios, the BBC's commercial production company, which made the series.

In it, former Sharpe star Bean portrays a teacher whose life is destroyed when he accidentally kills a man and is so consumed with guilt that he welcomes his four-year prison sentence.

Johnston is understood to have a large role in the series, which has just completed filming in her home city of Liverpool. Line Of Duty's Stephen Graham also stars in the show, as prison officer Eric Reid.

Johnston isn't the only actress to find herself playing her former lover's mother.

Oscar winner Sally Field played Tom Hanks's love interest in the 1988 comedy movie Punchline and, just six years later, appeared as his mother in Forrest Gump – even though she is only ten years older than him.

Such age discrimination is not rare in Hollywood. Nicole Kidman will play the mother of Jason Mamoa's character Arthur Curry in the forthcoming Aquaman 2 movie, even though 53-year-old Kidman is only 12 years older than her male co-star.

And in the 2004 film Alexander, Angelina Jolie played Colin Farrell's mother, despite being just one year his senior.

Nor is it a new phenomenon: in the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock film North By Northwest, Cary Grant was actually ten months older than Jessie Royce Landis, the actress who played his mother.

New BBC director-general Tim Davie last week unveiled his new 'critical' diversity drive, with targets to improve the percentages of under-represented groups on and off screen.

When he was appointed to his role last September, Davie criticised the 'obsession with youth' in broadcasting, but was soon drawn into an ageism storm after Sue Barker was dumped as the host of Question Of Sport at the age of 64.

The BBC said last night: 'Sue Johnston and David Calder, who are brilliant as Sean's parents in Time, were authentically and appropriately cast for these roles, as audiences will see when the drama airs.'
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9307529/Sue-Johnston-cast-Sean-Beans-mother-30-years-played-lover.html


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« Reply #29 on: February 27, 2021, 07:05:18 PM »
My husband and I just watched that episode of MORSE last week. It was BRILLANT !!

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« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2021, 06:03:56 AM »
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And in the 2004 film Alexander, Angelina Jolie played Colin Farrell's mother, despite being just one year his senior.

To be fair, I don't think this particular case is a good example of the type of sexism that was otherwise justifiably criticised by the article. Angelina Jolie played Alexander's mother from when he was a toddler until his death, approximately a 30-year span of time. It's reasonable to cast a young woman to play a young mother and then age her with makeup so the same actress can play the same character as a middle-aged woman.

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« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2021, 01:05:24 AM »
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