Whittaker featured as the thirteenth doctor and is now set to appear in the second series of BBC’s Time, which was fronted by Bean and Stephen Graham.
Well now even more of the lineup has been announced and they’re bringing out the big guns. First of all The Last of Us star Bella Ramsey, who has seen huge success alongside Pedro Pascal in the remake of the computer game, will join Whittaker as one of the inmates in the new series.
Joining both of the mammoth actors are Tamara Lawrance, and Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran who is set to reprise her role as a prison chaplain.
The series was renewed for a second series back in March 2022. The first series followed Mark Cobden, played by Bean, and Eric Mcnally, played by Graham, and their lives within the UK prison system.
Writer and creator Jimmy McGovern co-wrote the second series with Helen Black, who’s BBC Three drama Life and Death in the Warehouse was nominated at the BAFTAs.
In the new series Whittaker, Lawrance, and Ramsey will play convicted women arriving in prison on the same day.
Speaking about her new role, Whittaker said: “Time was such an incredible and powerful show created by an extraordinary team, and being a part of this project in its second iteration is an absolute dream.”
Lawrance said: “Being a part of women-centred stories and productions is very important to me, as well as projects that challenge a prejudice.
“Time series two humanises a sector of society that is too often and easily vilified by elucidating the layered reasons why people end up in the criminal (in)justice system.”
Checkout the opening scene of BBC drama series one Time below:
Bella Ramsay said Ramsey playing Kelsey was an honour and they were: “really excited to experience the world through her for a few months”.
McGovern, who is famed for creating the ITV drama Cracker, said: “This is the best cast I have ever seen assembled for any drama of mine.”
We are not yet sure of a release date, but you can watch the first series that Bean one a BAFTA for here.