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People Are Saying Stephen Graham Should Win Awards As Time Finale Airs

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People Are Saying Stephen Graham Should Win Awards As Time Finale Airs

Time aired its final episode on BBC One last night, and people only had praise for the incredible acting and emotionally charged plot.

While the star-studded prison drama was available to binge in one go on BBC iPlayer, many people were watching along week-by-week as it aired in Line Of Duty's previous slot.

In case you need a reminder, the Jimmy McGovern-penned series ended with Mark (Sean Bean) being released from prison two years before the end of his sentence, after surviving a brutal snooker-ball-sock attack.

Luckily, he was saved by fellow prisoner Kav, who he had kindly taught to read. And in later scenes, we see Mark meet up with the widow of the man he killed - and Anne Warren (Anna Madeley) - who tells him she'll try to forgive him.

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The series finale sees the two protagonists swap each-other's freedoms (Credit: BBC)
The series finale sees the two protagonists swap each-other's freedoms (Credit: BBC)

The finale also saw prison guard Eric McNally (Stephen Graham) being blackmailed into smuggling drugs into the prison in a vest, in a bid to protect his son, who is in another prison.

Eric is caught in the act during the last episode, and is sentenced to four years. However, he refuses to name anybody else involved in order to keep his son safe from harm.

The drama pointedly ends with Mark and Eric in opposite places to where they were at the beginning, with Eric preparing to enter prison as an inmate, while Mark readies himself to leave.

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Reacting to the "utterly fantastic" ending, people said that both actors deserved "all the awards" for their performances throughout.

People had high praise for the emotionally charged finale (Credit: BBC)
People had high praise for the emotionally charged finale (Credit: BBC)

"Sean Bean, Stephen Graham, Jimmy McGovern and everyone involved in #Time deserve every award going," one person wrote on Twitter.

While another penned: "Just finished #Time. Sean Bean and Stephen Graham deserve all the trophies, medals and awards going. Jimmy McGovern is a genius. Not sure I'll ever stop sobbing. Harrowing, emotional and brilliant."

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A third agreed: "All the awards due for all involved in the #BBC three-part drama #Time, especially for the central mesmerising performances by Sean Bean and Stephen Graham".

Fans want another series with McNally's prison journey at the centre (Credit: BBC)
Fans want another series with McNally's prison journey at the centre (Credit: BBC)

Time was originally pegged as a limited series, but many fans are also vying for a second instalment, now that the roles of the two main protagonists have reversed.

"How good was #Time? Hopefully we get series 2 of @StephenGraham73 experiences," one person suggested.

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"[Definitely] a second series in that," said another.

Time aired on BBC One last night. All three episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: BBC, TV News, TV & Film, TV Entertainment

Joanna Freedman
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