TIME’s Stephen Graham and show director Lewis Arnold revealed two scenes never made it into the drama.
The gritty BBC prison drama also stars Sean Bean, 62, who was unable to film for 10 days.
BBC’s new drama Time stars Stephen Graham and Sean BeanCredit: BBC
Prolific actor Stephen, 47, features in the brand new programme as prison guard Eric Reid.
The three-part series explores the violence, broken relationships and guilt weighing on those in the penal system.
Filming took place in Liverpool at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, which came with its challenges that the cast and crew fought valiantly to overcome.
During the series’ launch event, Lewis told The Sun Online and other media that two small scenes did not make it into the final edit.
Time’s director Lewis Arnold revealed Sean Bean was unable to be on set for 10 daysCredit: BBC
The show also lost two scenes as a result of the coronavirus pandemicCredit: BBC
The pandemic also impacted the length of time Sean Bean, who portrays prisoner Mark Hebden, was able to be on set.
Lewis shared: “We had to change the plan everyday; we lost Sean Bean for 10 days and all of our main core cast because we had an incident with Covid.
“They were all fine but they had come in contact with an SA (supporting actor), everything changed on a day to day basis.”
He added: “There was only two scenes we ended up not getting in the end because of Covid which I think is an incredible testament to the producing department in terms of we only lost two little scenes, that I think the drama works without.”
Time explores the violence, broken relationships and guilt weighing on those in the penal systemCredit: BBC
Sean portrays prisoner Mark HebdenCredit: BBC
Stephen, who has starred in epic dramas such as Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders, is delighted to be part of yet another gripping series.
“It feels real and it’s a joy to be a part of, every single day you go to work and you looking to getting to work”, he said.
“It’s just so beautifully done, it was an absolute joy to be a part of with all those people.”
The Irishman star relishes starring in shows he described as “difficult to watch” and which raise awareness on social issues.
Stephen plays prison guard Eric ReidCredit: BBC
All episodes of Time will be available on BBC iPlayer after tonight’s premiere on BBC oneCredit: BBC
“I love the fact that stuff I do is difficult to watch for people,” he explained.
“If it’s (Time) difficult to watch it’s because you’re looking at a society which is represented by yourself, so surely it’s putting a mirror up to society and going: ‘I’m not sure we are getting this right.'”
The White House farm star continued: “So maybe that’s why it’s difficult to watch because it makes you think, and if I can be part of something that makes you think, that’s all I ever wanted to be a part of, something that’s saying something socially.
“If I can come into your living room and make you think, as part of something that is also entertaining, then wow! I want to make everything I do difficult to watch.”
Time begins tonight on BBC One, with the full series dropping on iPlayer after episode one has aired.