New images released of new TV series made possible by local production fund
The BBC has released images from the second series of Jimmy McGovern’s multi-award-winning hit drama Time, which has received investment from Liverpool Film Office through the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Production Fund.
The three-part series is filmed across Liverpool, Halton, Wirral and Knowsley, and is a moving and high-stakes portrayal of life inside a women’s prison, told through the lens of three very different inmates who are thrown together to face an unfamiliar world.
The brand new pictures show Jodie Whittaker as Orla, Tamara Lawrance as Abi, Bella Ramsay as Kelsey, seen in the late stages of her pregnancy, Siobhan Finneran as prison chaplain Marie-Louise and Sophie Willan as inmate Maeve Riley.
Managed by the Liverpool Film Office, the LCR Production Fund was launched to increase the number, range and scale of productions made in the city region and is supported by £3 million from the Combined Authority through Mayor Steve Rotheram’s Strategic Investment Fund. It also supported the first series of Time starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, which was both a critical and ratings hit in the UK and went on to secure two BAFTA TV awards including Best Mini-Series in 2022.
So far, the Fund has made eight investments including primetime dramas such as BAFTA Award winning Help, BAFTA nominated The Responder and The Ipcress File, with another two to three expected over the remainder of 2023.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Councillor Harry Doyle, said: “The Production Fund is supporting local talent, created jobs, improved skills and is having a positive economic impact across the city and the wider city region.
“This a truly local production, from the writing by Jimmy McGovern, through to the employment for local crew and, of course, the locations.”