by Thinus Ferreira
BBC Studios has sold its new Time drama series, set inside a British prison, to MultiChoice's M-Net (DStv 101) as well as its video streaming service Showmax.
A broadcasting date for Time, written by Jimmy McGovern, has not yet been announced with British viewers who described Time as "riveting yet uncomfortable".
Time was shown on BBC One in June this year following Mark Cobden (Sean Bean of Game of Thrones), who is newly imprisoned, consumed by guilt for his crime, and way out of his depth in the volatile world of prison life.
He meets Eric McNally (Stephen McNally of Line of Duty), an excellent prison officer doing his best to protect those in his charge.
However, when one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his family.
The 3-episode series filmed the prison cell scenes at HM Prison Shrewsbury, a former prison that was decommissioned in 2013, with the majority of the filming of Time that took place in Liverpool in recreations of courtrooms, police stations and education buildings.