THE second series of a multi-award-winning drama is being filmed in Wirral.

Jimmy McGovern’s, Time, is currently filming across Wirral, Liverpool, Halton and Knowsley.

The three-part series 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.

Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Tamara Lawrance (The Silent Twins, The Long Song) and Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us, His Dark Materials) will star in the lead roles.

Wirral Globe: Bella Ramsay, Tamara Lawrance and Jodie Whittaker as Kelsey, Abi and Orla in Time series 2Bella Ramsay, Tamara Lawrance and Jodie Whittaker as Kelsey, Abi and Orla in Time series 2 (Image: Liverpool Film Office)

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Production Fund...

The series has received an investment from Liverpool Film Office through the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Production Fund.

The Fund 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.

Co-written by McGovern and Helen Black (Life and Death in the Warehouse), the second series is produced and distributed internationally by BBC Studios for BBC One and iPlayer (as well as Britbox North America) and is directed by Andrea Harkin (The Confessions of Frannie Langton, The Trial Of Christine Keeler).

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.

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.

'Investments like this one demonstrate the depth of our region’s ambition...'

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: "Investments like this one demonstrate the depth of our region’s ambition to stake our claim as the UK’s premier filming location outside of London.

"Through my LCR Production Fund, we are helping to support incredible productions like Time, The Responder and Help – which in return have helped us to generate millions of pounds in spending for our economy.

"I have no doubt that our region has all the capabilities, facilities and skills to become the ‘Hollywood of the North’ and attract the thousands of well-paid jobs and training opportunities that it will bring to our area."

Head of Liverpool Film Office and Fund Manager, Lynn Saunders added: "This latest boost for the production fund is fantastic news for the Liverpool City Region especially following on from the award-winning success of the first series of Time.

"I am really excited to see what is to come with the second series of Time and know that we will be seeing even more award nominations to come."