Bella Ramsey and Jodie Whittaker join BBC prison drama Time

Bella Ramsey, Jodie Whittaker, Tamara Lawrance and Siobhan Finneran are to star in the new series of 'Time'.

The 'Game of Thrones' star feels "honoured" to be playing prison inmate Kelsey in the second series of Jimmy McGovern’s BBC hit drama, following a "stellar" first series, which starred Sean Bean and Stephen Graham.

She 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."

Series creator Jimmy said: "This is the best cast I have ever seen assembled for any drama of mine.

"The best crew, too. I am so, so looking forward to it."

The three-part series will portray life inside the fictional women's prison Carlingford, where Kelsey, Orla (Jodie) and Abi (Tamara) are thrown together when they arrive at the jail on the same day.

Jodie 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."

Tamara added: "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.

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

'Happy Valley' star Siobhan will reprise her role as series one prison chaplain Marie-Louise.

Siobhan added: "I am delighted to be returning for 'Time' two.

"It was a privilege to be involved in the first series and to be asked back is an honour, the scripts are again heartbreakingly brilliant."

Filming for 'Time' series two will take place in and around Liverpool soon.