Viewers remain morbidly captivated by BBC prison drama Time

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“If ever there was an ad not to break the law, it was it!” Viewers remain morbidly enthralled by BBC prison drama Time, as they call it “a gripping but equally awkward hour of TV.”

  • CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR TIME – EPISODE 1

Viewers of BBC One’s new prison drama Time were shocked but enthralled after Sunday night’s debut episode.

Reactions appeared on Twitter calling the show “almost unwatchable” and “absolutely brutal” – but viewers admitted they would tune in to the rest of the three-part series.

The show – which featured Line Of Duty’s Stephen Graham and Game Of Thrones’ Sean Bean play a prison guard and inmate in the drama – wowed fans after episode one, which features violence, suicide and the ‘grim’ realities of prison life. goods.

‘Grim!’ Viewers of BBC One’s new prison drama Time were shocked but also enthralled after Sunday night’s debut episode

One viewer tweeted: ‘#Time was a very stressful hour…prison is a bit of a phobia for me, not sure if I can watch next week. However, it was excellent – fantastic performances and writing, but very, very stressful!’

Another wrote: ‘If ever there was an ad not to break the law, it was this one!’

A third wrote: ‘The time on #BBC1 is incredibly grim. Grim, but accurate. Really communicates the oppression, violence and alienation of prison life. Sean Bean is nothing short of fantastic, the script and direction are excellent. But it is so powerful and natural that it is almost impossible to see!’

“Oh my god, I think I cried almost five times during that opening episode Jesus, unbelievable but absolutely brutal and punishing to watch!” noted a fourth.

Debut: Comments surfaced on Twitter calling the show

Debut: Comments surfaced on Twitter calling the show “almost unwatchable” and “absolutely brutal” — but viewers admitted they’d tune in to the rest of the three-part series

Gritty: The show — with Line Of Duty's Stephen Graham and Game Of Thrones' Sean Bean [pictured] play a prison guard and inmate in the drama - fans were stunned after episode one, which showcased violence, suicide and the 'grim' realities of prison life

Gritty: The show — with Line Of Duty’s Stephen Graham and Game Of Thrones’ Sean Bean [pictured] play a prison guard and inmate in the drama – fans were stunned after episode one, which showcased violence, suicide and the ‘grim’ realities of prison life

A fifth wrote: ‘Just watched the first episode of #Time. A compelling but equally uncomfortable hour of television. My palms were sweaty and my stomach was in knots, but I couldn’t look away. Bravo!’

Star Sean Bean said of the show in a recent interview with The Times: “The insecurity, fear and trepidation was something I wanted to express, as if you were looking at it through my eyes.

“It is misery and horror and suffering. I hope that happens.’

One viewer tweeted: '#Time was a very stressful hour...prison is a bit of a phobia for me, not sure if I can watch next week.  However, it was excellent - fantastic performances and writing, but very, very stressful!'

One viewer tweeted: ‘#Time was a very stressful hour…prison is a bit of a phobia for me, not sure if I can watch next week. However, it was excellent – fantastic performances and writing, but very, very stressful!’

Star Sean Bean said of the show in a recent interview with The Times: 'The uncertainty, fear and trepidation was something I wanted to express, like looking at it through my eyes'

Star Sean Bean said of the show in a recent interview with The Times: ‘The uncertainty, fear and trepidation was something I wanted to express, like looking at it through my eyes’

The series was written by TV writer Jimmy McGovern, responsible for shows like Cracker and Hillsborough.

Bean plays the first offender and former school principal Mark Cobden to serve a four-year prison term.

Graham plays prison guard Eric McNally whose son is serving time in another prison – a secret that leaks and scrutinizes him.

Time is broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC One. All three episodes are available on BBC iPlayer.

Look at it!  Time is broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC One.  All three episodes are available on BBC iPlayer

Look at it! Time is broadcast on Sunday evenings on BBC One. All three episodes are available on BBC iPlayer

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