Fans of the new BBC prison drama Time have been praising the performance from lead actor Stephen Graham and the rest of the cast following the season finale last night.
The crime drama, written by Jimmy McGovern, saw the Scouse actor take on the role of prison officer Eric McNally, while Game of Thrones star Sean Bean portrayed Mark Cobden, a teacher, husband and father who is handed a four year sentence after killing an innocent man in an accident.
But when his own son is sent to prison, Eric does whatever it takes to protect him from violence behind bars, with the devoted officer even being forced to commit crimes himself after he is delivered a sinister threat from one of his own inmates.
The heart wrenching finale saw the two main characters in opposite circumstances to how they started – Eric was caught out for smuggling drugs into his prison and sentenced to four years behind bars. Mark, on the other hand, serves two years of his four year sentence, and makes amends (kind of) with the wife of the man he killed.
While the show has been available to binge in one go on BBC iPlayer (guilty), many admirably patient fans have been watching along week-by-week, so many had only just got round to watching the finale when it aired on BBC1 last night.
Reacting to the ‘utterly fantastic’ ending, people said that both actors deserved ‘all the awards’ for their performances throughout.
“Sean Bean, Stephen Graham, Jimmy McGovern and everyone involved in #Time deserve every award going,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Another wrote: “Devastatingly good. #JimmyMcGovern never an easy watch but so powerful. Deserves every award this year.”
Time has been aired as a limited series, but many fans are now keen for a second instalment, now that the roles of the two main protagonists have reversed – fingers crossed!
Gordon, Gino and Fred are returning with a ‘big fat Greek adventure’ Road Trip special this autumn
The boys are back on possibly their biggest adventure yet
Everyone’s favourite cooking trio are making a much-needed comeback with an epic road trip across Greece set to air this autumn.
The unlikely pals have travelled across various parts of the globe together as a part of their hugely successful ITV show – America, France and Italy, to name a few – and have experienced many weird and wonderful customs along the way.
And now, they are set to add the beautiful country of Greece to their growing list.
In Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek, the stars will be heading out to the country’s capital city of Athens and its many stunning islands – including the largest, Crete, which is where their journey will begin.
The trio will then move on in their trademark RV to other must-see Greek locations such as Santorini, Mykonos and Meteora, breaking up the driving with jet ski racing, shipwreck diving and fresh lobster hunting along the way.
ITV announced the show as part of its autumn programming, saying: “This time their RV is hitting the beautiful Greek islands and historical city of Athens, for a big fat Greek adventure, together again behind the wheel on an epic odyssey like no other.
“From island hopping on a catamaran, to jet ski racing and shipwreck diving, there will be bromance and bickering in equal measure.
“Thanks to an abundance of fantastic food, including the freshest lobster, chefs Gordon and Gino will be looking to prove that Greece’s culinary credentials are up there with the very best of Europe.
“The guys will begin their adventure in Crete, Greece’s largest island, before navigating their way to stunning Santorini, making their way to the party island of Mykonos and finishing their trip in the Greek capital Athens and the monasteries of Meteora.
“Travelling together in the birthplace of civilisation, what could possibly go wrong?”
An official air date is yet to be announced.
Love Island contestant from Wigan hit with more than 1,500 Ofcom complaints
Viewers of the show aren’t too impressed with the Wigan plumber’s antics…
Despite only entering the Love Island villa mere days ago, Wigan contestant Danny Bibby has caused quite the stir already.
The antics of Danny, a twenty-five-year old plumber and clothing brand owner from the Greater Manchester town, is already ruffling feathers among both the contestants on the ITV reality show and the viewers watching from home.
And this week, Ofcom revealed it had been hit with more than 1,500 complaints regarding his behaviour in the villa.
The regulator confirmed that precisely 1,507 complaints were made in regards to the casting, after it was revealed Danny used a racial slur on social media in 2019.
Viewers of the show have been calling for Danny to be axed after finding a racially-motivated comment on his Instagram, which has since been deleted.
The plumber quickly issued an apology on Friday, via ITV. His statement said: “I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark.
“I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all. I am not a racist person and it’s unacceptable language and ignorant.
“I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again.
“I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show.”
There were red flags surrounding Danny before he entered the Villa, however, when he gave his thoughts on the current dynamic among contestants, saying: “The guys need an alpha male and I feel like that’s me.”
Love Island airs tonight on ITV2 at 9pm.
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps to make TV return after 10 years
That’s something we’ll raise a glass to…
Over a decade on from its last episode, the hit BBC sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps is set to make its grand return to our screens.
The comedy followed the antics of a group of friends in their twenties and, though it was never a big hit with critics, it was consistently popular with viewers and ultimately ran for nine seasons, coming to an end in 2011.
And now, ten years on from the finale, it’s set to make a comeback.
The show’s creator Susan Nickson revealed recently that she is currently in talks with the BBC and explained that Will Mellor and Ralf Little, who played Gaz Wilkinson and Jonny Keogh, are also on board for the reboot.
Speaking on the Drama School Dropout podcast, she explained that the cogs of the BBC machine are moving ‘extremely slowly,’
She said: “So basically what you’ve got, it’s me, Will, Ralf and all three of us are just going ‘yeah, we’re here, we’ll do it’ and the BBC are going ‘ah brilliant, yeah let’s do it’ and I’m sort of sat here going ‘okay, when?’ and they go ‘well, we don’t know.’
“So what we’ve got is a corporation that has no idea.”
Susan did acknowledge that with a reboot would come a drastic script change to accommodate modern topics and issues such as the ‘Me Too’ movement which calls out toxic masculinity. She said that she pictures the ‘two ageing working-class geezers’ not fully understanding that some men treat women badly.
She said: “I want to see the comforting story of people like Gaz and Jonny, who live in a world where bad guys don’t exist. I want them to acknowledge the bad guys are out there though, but I don’t want Gaz and Jonny to be them.”
However, Susan did admit that she is unsure whether Sheridan Smith would return to reprise her role of Janet Keogh.
The BBC are yet to formally announce the reboot.