Sean Bean

Stephen Graham and Sean Bean to star in new BBC One drama Time

Time explores the two sides of the penal system, the punishers and the punished, and how prison affects all who pass through.

Mark Hebden (Bean), teacher, husband and father, welcomes a four-year jail sentence for killing an innocent man in an accident, having been consumed by the guilt.

Bean said: “Getting to be involved in a Jimmy McGovern drama again is a real privilege and it will be great to be reunited with Stephen.

"Mark Hebden is another of Jimmy’s complex and superbly written characters and I am looking forward to bringing him to life on screen.”

BBC One has commissioned new drama World On Fire

World On Fire (Credit: BBC)

The multi-stranded drama – written by Peter Bowker – chronicles World War Two through the eyes of people on all sides of the global conflict.  

The series takes viewers back to the summer of 1939 and looks at the first year of the war, from civilian life in Manchester to combat on the beaches of Dunkirk.

As the world starts to crash and burn, translator Harry (Jonah Hauer- King) falls in love with Polish waitress Kasia (Zofia Wichlacz) while working at the British Embassy in Warsaw.

Sky orders new dramas starring Helen Mirren and Sean Bean

Multi-award-winning actress Helen Mirren will star in new four-part drama Catherine the Great. The  series will explore the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history.

She wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century. “She rewrote the rules of governance by a woman, and succeeded to the extent of having the word Great attached to her name, Catherine the Great,” said Mirren.

Sean Bean returns for second series of The Frankenstein Chronicles

The Frankenstein Chronicles is a detective series set in 1830s London, where Inspector John Marlott investigates crimes that may have been committed by a scientist attempting to bring back the dead.

The first series saw him investigating a mutilated body washed up on the Thames, first thinking it was the body of a dead child. On further examination of the dead body he discovers it's not a child but an assembly of body parts arranged in parody of the human form.