Bella Ramsey and Jodie Whittaker announced for season 2 of BBC's Time

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The Last of Us' Bella Ramsey and Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker have joined Time season two.

It was reported last week that Whittaker had signed up for the series in a "major role", and it's now been confirmed season two of the prison drama will follow her character Orla, plus Ramsey as Kelsey and Tamara Lawrance (The Silent Twins) as Abi.

Happy Valley's Siobhan Finneran reprises her role from series one of Time, where she played prison chaplain Marie-Louise.

The story will be told through the inmates' perspectives – similar to the first season that starred Sean Bean and Stephen Graham – as they arrive at Carlingford high-security prison on the same day.

It's being teased as a gripping tale of forging a community in a violent and unfamiliar setting.

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Ahead of filming starting in Liverpool for the show, Ramsey said: "I'm very happy to be a part of this project, working with an incredible team and following on from a stellar first season.

"And it's such an honour to be Kelsey, I’m really excited to experience the world through her for a few months."

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Whittaker, who recently left her starring role as the Thirteenth Doctor on Doctor Who, added: "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 added that this three-episode run of Time, co-written by Jimmy McGovern and Helen Black, shines a new light on the criminal system in the UK.

"Being a part of women-centred stories and productions is very important to me, as well as projects that challenge a prejudice," she began.

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"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.

"I'm excited for us to platform the complexity of these characters and their experiences."

"Jimmy McGovern and Helen Black's scripts are nothing short of extraordinary, and in Bella, Jodie and Tamara we've found the perfect acting talents to bring these utterly compelling central characters to life," added the BBC's director of drama, Lindsay Salt.

"With Siobhan Finneran reprising her role from series one and Andrea Harkin in the director's chair, BBC viewers are in for a remarkable three hours of television."

Time season one is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

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