Bella Ramsey and Jodie Whittaker part of 'best cast' for Time's series two

Jodie Whittaker and Bella Ramsey have excitedly been confirmed as the stars of Time series two.

The BBC mini-series will be set in a modern British women’s prison and, alongside Tamara Lawrance, they will lead the show.

Kelsey (Ramsey), Orla (Whittaker) and Abi (Lawrance) will arrive on the same day, and get thrown together to face an unfamiliar world. 

The BBC further explained the plot: ‘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.’

The Last of Us actress Bella is pretty excited to be joining the show and we’re hooked already.

The 19-year-old said: ‘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.’

Jodie, 40, echoed her sentiments saying: ‘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.’

It will be quite different for Jodie – while her Time Lord character was pretty heroic, and spent many episodes time-traveling in order to save the universe, her latest project is more rooted in reality. 

Tamara, 29, who wowed in The Silent Twins and The Long Song, spoke of what the project meant to her saying: ‘Being a part of women-centred stories and productions is very important to me, as well as projects that challenge a prejudice. 

‘Time series two humanises a sector of society that is too often and easily vilified by elucidating the layered reasons why people end up in the criminal (in)justice system.’

Siobhan Finneran from Happy Valley and Downton Abbey will also reprise her role prison chaplain Marie-Louise.

Series creator and co-writer Jimmy McGovern had some high praise for the series signings.

He described the group as ‘the best cast I have ever seen assembled for any drama of mine.’

He added: ‘The best crew too. I am so, so looking forward to it.”

The first three-part series of Time starred Sean Bean as a prisoner who was battling guilt for his crime and Stephen Graham as a prison officer trying to protect those in charge. 

Let’s hope they don’t read Jimmy’s comments!

Time won an impressive two Bafta Awards and proved popular with audiences.

In a review, described it as: ‘A gritty prison-based drama, that’s going to draw you in from the beginning. It is a high-stakes representation of life in the modern British correctional system, as seen through the eyes of two very different individuals.’

Filming for the second series will take place in and around Liverpool soon.
Time series one is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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