Worn by Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) and Stephen Graham (“Venom 2”), the mini-series “Time” begins tonight on Canal +. A poignant and gripping drama not to be missed, which plunges us into the hell of the British prison system.
What is it about ?
Mark Cobden has been plagued with guilt ever since he accidentally killed an innocent man. He accepts his sentence to four years in prison and his separation from his family. While in prison, he meets Eric McNally, a caring prison warden who does his best to protect those in his care.
But when one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric is torn by an impossible choice between his principles and his family. Eric and Marc are trapped by their past and uncertain of their future, will they find the strength to move forward?
Time (4×45 ‘), created by Jimmy McGovern.
With Sean Bean, Stephen Graham, Siobhan Finneran, Sue Johnston, Hannah Walters, David Calder, Michael Socha, …
Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 November at 9:10 p.m. on Canal +, and already available in full on demand on myCANAL. 4 episodes seen out of 4.
Well worth a look ?
New series from screenwriter Jimmy McGovern (Accused, Broken), who definitely has no equal when it comes to examining the depths of the human soul, Time plunges us into the horror of the British prison system through the trajectories of two characters that everything opposes on paper – an inmate and a prison guard – told in parallel throughout the four episodes of this punchy mini-series.
First there is Mark Cobden, a teacher and father sentenced to four years in prison for killing a man in a traffic accident. Gnawed by guilt, Mark, played by Sean Bean, quickly becomes an easy target for other prisoners. And it is in the first place through his gaze that we discover the violence that reigns in penitentiary establishments and the rules that rule in this hell where it is easy to lose your humanity.
On the other side, the viewer also follows the daily life of Eric McNally, a benevolent and honest prison officer, camped by Stephen Graham, who tries somehow to protect the inmates he takes care of. But when prisoners learn that his son is incarcerated in another prison, Eric finds himself confronted with a serious dilemma: to choose between his principles and the safety of his family.
Beyond its striking realism, and despite a rhythm that takes its time, Time grabs us from the start thanks to the portraits of these two men who see their certainties and their lines of conduct shattered. And the series would be nothing without the masterful interpretation of its two headliners, who meet again after having already collaborated for an episode of Accused in 2012.
Sean Bean, who Game of Thrones fans know well, and Stephen Graham, who has been seen on television in Boardwalk Empire and in theaters in This is England, Public Enemies, or more recently Venom 2, are both with insane accuracy and deliver overwhelming performances.
In short, Time is a mini-series not to be missed, which confirms the high level of quality that we find, year after year, among our British neighbors.