“Just gutted Sean didn't shout [email protected]#$d" - Star Readers' share their thoughts on 'Time' starring Sean Bean

It’s been a little while since we’ve been blessed with the presence of Sheffield’s own Sean Bean on the TV, he’s currently starring in the BBC prison drama, ‘Time’, which also stars Stephen Graham of ‘This is England’ fame. We asked our readers’ what they thought of the first episode.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 4:29 pm
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 5:28 pm

This is what they had to say:

Marilyn Hobson said that she doesn’t, ‘particularly like Sean Bean but I though both him and Stephen Graham were really good. Tempted to binge watch.’ Claire Louise Holland couldn’t wait though, replying that she had; ‘watched all the episodes already. Really good.’

‘Anything by Jimmy McGovern is excellent I thought Time was his usual gripping storyline. Always uses top actors’, says Helen Exley. Hard to disagree with that assessment.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Sean Bean attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Sean Bean attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Eileen Whitehouse thought that it was, ‘Harrowing. Brilliant acting by all, especially Sean Bean. ‘An opinion that’s also shared by Marie Whitaker, who said that ‘Time’ was ‘very good..so is Stephen Graham’.

Vickie Grant thought that it was ‘Brilliant’ and that it allowed Sean bean to let ‘his tougher side come out, Stephen Graham is brilliant actor, but do they have kettles in cell?’

‘Brilliant more to come he either turns from gentle teaching inmates or shows his tough side not to be messed with,’ says Annie Ford.

Nick Baker replied, saying that he’d, ‘Watched all 3 on iplayer, great acting by Sean Bean, and Stephen Graham. How he played a 56 year old so well is extraordinary’ — with a ‘knowing’ wink emoji for good measure as well.

Susan Taylor loved it, she said that it was; ‘Really good Sean playing a mild mannered prisoner. Can't wait to see other 2 episodes’, Stacey Michelle Gibson wanted to let our Susan know that they’re all available to watch on BBC iPlayer, I watched them all last night! Brilliant!!’ — and Stacey wasn’t the only one who binged them all. Ruth Major did, as did Linda Butcher who absolutely, ‘Loved it, streamed all the episodes. I was spell bound’ — if Yorkshire made magicians they’d be… we’ll let you finish that one.

Emma Victoria Watkin not only thought that it was ‘Very good!’, but she also wanted to know ‘Where has Sean been hiding…. He should be on screen more often’ — you’re right, he should.

Even more ‘one-night wonders’ (that’s bingers) rattled their way through the episodes in one go, like Dawn Marie Mannion, who just ‘couldn’t wait until Sunday so started watching on iplayer. Loved it.’ As did, Joy Green who also ‘watched all 3. great watch great drama great acting.’ Diane Lowe also enjoyed it, ‘Very grim but I imagine very real too. Thought it was brilliant. He's such a good actor, proud he's a Sheffielder.’

Christian Harmer asked if, ‘Sean Bean’s character been killed off yet?’ — no love. Thankfully.

Jane Fretwell said that it was; ‘Very dark and depressing. But at the same time, very compelling viewing, very well written and well acted. Just gutted Sean didn't shout [email protected]#$d’ — we know, right? He was shouting it in our imagination all the way through.

‘Everything Sean Bean has been in is fabulous! What a talented actor, capable of a wide range of accents; yet in real life he still speaks broad Sheffield!’ said Margaret Hall. Erica Cheetham also joined in, saying that; ‘It was very good, but my god, they didn’t mess about- straight in there’, to which Jacqueline Towers replied, ‘Erica, I was left traumatised’ — us too ladies, from now on we’ll be very careful when it comes to requesting a brew.

Finally, Jill Kirkham Roberts pretty much came up with the ‘perfect reply’, according to Verity Simpson, when she wrote; ‘Amazing acting. Felt so real. Grim but a good watch.’

Sadly, we couldn’t share all of your replies (and there were a few), but you can see what everyone else had to say on Facebook and on Twitter.