Time, the BBC’s latest prison drama, is gripping. Directed by long time BBC stalwart Jimmy McGovern, it is perhaps the most honest and authentic look into the world of prison life yet to be shown on terrestrial television. The Corporation doesn’t have a great track record in producing realistic shows set in prison. One of the most memorable was Porridge. And admittedly, whilst it was a comedy, it still conformed to the standard tropes: the officers were portrayed as incompetent fools or impassive grunts.