Viewers are left morbidly enthralled by BBC prison drama Time

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‘If ever there was an advert not to break the law, that was it!’ Viewers are left morbidly enthralled by BBC prison drama Time as they brand it ‘a riveting yet equally uncomfortable hour of TV’

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Viewers of BBC One’s new prison drama Time were left shocked yet enthralled after Sunday evening’s debut episode.

Comments appeared on Twitter branding the show ‘almost unwatchable’ and ‘absolutely brutal’ – yet viewers admitted they’d be tuning in for the rest of the three-part series.

The show – which sees Line Of Duty’s Stephen Graham and Game Of Thrones’ Sean Bean play a prison officer and prisoner in the drama – wowed fans after episode one, which featured violence, suicide and the ‘grim’ reality of life in jail.

'Grim!' Viewers of BBC One's new prison drama Time were left shocked yet enthralled after Sunday evening's debut episode

‘Grim!’ Viewers of BBC One’s new prison drama Time were left shocked yet enthralled after Sunday evening’s debut episode

One viewer tweeted: ‘#Time was a very stressful hour… prison is a bit of a phobia for me, not sure I’ll be able to watch next week. It was excellent though – fantastic performances and writing but very very stressful!’

Another posted: ‘If ever there was an advert not to break the law, that was it!’

A third penned: ‘Time on #BBC1 is unbelievably grim. Grim, but accurate. Really communicates the oppression, violence and alienation of prison life. Sean Bean is utterly superb, the script and direction are excellent. But it’s so powerful and true-to-life that it’s almost unwatchable!’

‘Oh my god I think I almost cried about five times during that opening episode Jesus, incredible but absolutely brutal and punishing to watch!’ a fourth remarked.

Debut: Comments appeared on Twitter branding the show 'almost unwatchable' and 'absolutely brutal' - yet viewers admitted they'd be tuning in for the rest of the three-part series

Debut: Comments appeared on Twitter branding the show ‘almost unwatchable’ and ‘absolutely brutal’ – yet viewers admitted they’d be tuning in for the rest of the three-part series

Gritty: The show - which sees Line Of Duty's Stephen Graham and Game Of Thrones' Sean Bean [pictured] play a prison officer and prisoner in the drama - wowed fans after episode one, which featured violence, suicide and the 'grim' reality of life in jail

Gritty: The show – which sees Line Of Duty’s Stephen Graham and Game Of Thrones’ Sean Bean [pictured] play a prison officer and prisoner in the drama – wowed fans after episode one, which featured violence, suicide and the ‘grim’ reality of life in jail

A fifth penned: ‘Just watched the first episode of #Time. A riveting yet 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 uncertainty and fear and trepidation was something that I wanted to express, as though you’re looking at it through my eyes.

‘It’s misery and horror and suffering. I hope that comes across.’

Weighing in: Fans flocked to Twitter to give their take on the gritty show

Weighing in: Fans flocked to Twitter to give their take on the gritty show

One viewer tweeted: '#Time was a very stressful hour... prison is a bit of a phobia for me, not sure I’ll be able to watch next week. It was excellent though - 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 I’ll be able to watch next week. It was excellent though – fantastic performances and writing but very very stressful!’

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

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

The series has been written by TV scribe Jimmy McGovern, responsible for such shows as Cracker and Hillsborough.

Bean plays first-time offender and former school headmaster Mark Cobden who is serving a four-year sentence. 

Graham plays prison officer Eric McNally whose son is serving time in another correctional facility – a secret that leaks and causes him scrutiny.

Time airs Sunday nights on BBC One. All three episodes are available on BBC iPlayer.

Watch it! Time airs Sunday nights on BBC One. All three episodes are available on BBC iPlayer

Watch it! Time airs Sunday nights on BBC One. All three episodes are available on BBC iPlayer

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