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The three-part BBC prison drama has been available to watch on iPlayer for a few weeks now, but for the extremely disciplined among us who didn't binge it immediately, the finale has just aired.
The series sees Bean play Mark Cobden, a newly-imprisoned English teacher who has to figure out a way of surviving in the brutal new world he finds himself in - while also battling the guilt and flashbacks stemming from the crime that landed him there.
Meanwhile, Graham takes on the role of prison guard Eric McNally, who faces an impossible dilemma when inmates identify his weak spot.
The show is superbly written by Jimmy McGovern, and every member of the cast contributes impeccably to the gritty and unflinching depiction of life in prison. However, it is the starring roles of Bean and Graham which have rightly drawn glowing plaudits.
The pair are utterly convincing, and the drama is taken to the next level by the way they make the viewer really feel their characters' crippling quandaries.
Their gripping and sometimes heartbreaking performances clearly resonated with viewers and critics alike, who have taken to social media in their droves to heap praise on the actors:
Watched TIME. Bloody hell. If @stephengraham73 and Sean Bean don't get major awards recognition I will be amazed. Some of the most brilliantly low-key show-don't-tell performances in memory. Superb stuff. Overwhelming. pic.twitter.com/aNER1c7ET3
- Mark Kermode (@KermodeMovie) June 17, 2021
Just finished watching 'Time'. Absolutely blown away by the performances of both Sean Bean and Steven Graham. Give them all the awards :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: #TimeBBC #Time
- Lucie Heseltine (@LucieJHeseltine) June 14, 2021
Just watched the last episode of Time. Superbly written drama by Jimmy Mcgovern which showed the harsh reality of prison life. Should be shown in the schools. Great performances by Sean Bean and Stephen Graham as well. Lots of awards to come surely. #TimeBBC
- Stephen Havard (@StephenHavard) June 10, 2021
Sean Bean and Stephen Graham in Time, absolute incredible acting .
- Greg Pearce (@gregpearce1990) June 14, 2021
This performance from Sean Bean is already off the scale.
He is unbelievable.#seanbean #Time pic.twitter.com/sgfvXQYvbu
- Karl Cunliffe (@KDCunliffe) June 6, 2021
What a stunning performance from Sean Bean in #Time. Him and Stephen Graham in the same drama is just television heaven. Superb again from #BBC #TimeBBC
- Mike Norman (@MikkyMo73) June 6, 2021
A few days late to the party (as per), but just watched all 3 episodes of #Time.
Sean Bean & Stephen Graham - what a phenomenal combination. pic.twitter.com/qAmgul2e0q
- Luke Johnston (@MrLukeJohnston) June 10, 2021
Here's hoping they get the recognition they deserve.
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